Tuesday, August 30, 2016

News: Developing entrepreneurial skills in the SCR

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A new initiative has been launched to support adults in the Sheffield city region (SCR) by instilling confidence and developing entrepreneurial skills.

The programme is designed to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.

The project has received up to £546,300 of funding from through Building Better Opportunities, a programme jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

This project is being delivered by the Doing Good Business Partnership throughout the SCR but will focus on the engagement of participants at a neighbourhood level. The partner organisations, which include the likes of Groundwork South Yorkshire, will bring a strong knowledge of the local area and issues that people face whilst trying to gain employment.

Lynne Hilson, operations manager at Sheffield Futures, said: "Doing Good Business promises to help the hardest to reach people to make the most of their skills and ambitions by receiving the maximum help and support they need. The funding announced today is an important step towards positive change for unemployed people in Sheffield city region."

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The two-year initiative focuses on community engagement, mentoring and coaching support. Participants aged 25 – 60, will be involved in activities to build confidence and establish entrepreneurial skills, as well as progressing in to further education. In the SCR, the rate of unemployment is 6.2%, which is above the national average for Great Britain (5.1%).

The programme will deliver specialist support for people with a disability, women, BAME groups, lone parents, carers and those who are over 50 years old.

The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

The SCR Local Enterprise Partnership put out a call earlier this year as it looked to allocate £1m in ESF under its Socially Inclusive Self Employment programme.

Sheffield Futures website
Groundwork South Yorkshire website

Images: Groundwork South Yorkshire


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