Learning Opportunities

Strategic & Practical Trainng into Employment Programme
     
With our years of experience promoting enterprise development as well as skills into employment training we are of the view that the time as come for every community to start "living the dream"

It is not enough to inform people about how they can get into employment or start their own business, rather a more practical and proactive approach of actually setting up the business or creating such employment opportunity is needed.
 
Summer Business Academy
 
During summer 2010, Kommunal Training and Enterprise Centre KTEC used part of the Mutual Aid Funds administered by Flourish International in piloting two community enterprise initiatives.  The first initiative was referred to as: “Youth in Business” while the second was “MIND in Business”
Youth in Business
worked with 15 young people including those from a local college, secondary schools as well as those not in education, employment or training NEET.
MIND in Business worked with about 10 people overcoming mental health challenges by engaging them in enterprise activities that fit into their interest , skills and experience.
All participants in Youth in Business as well as MIND in Business really enjoyed both the theory and practical aspects of the business and we found it an interesting and innovative way to develop an enterprising community. We are now working with some of the groups in actually developing social enterprise activities.
 
Community and Social enterprise
     
INTRODUCTION:

Community and social enterprise as a concept is devoid of a single definition and its broad definition give room for lots of debates involving community and social enterprise practitioners as well as academics.

According to the Department for Trade and Industry Dti (2005), "Social [community] Enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for the purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners" In effect social and community enterprises form the third sector within UK's market economy. They are socially orientated to provide goods and services and thus fill the gaps left by the private and public sector. Social enterprises a wide range of business ventures such as co-operatives, development trusts, catering services, housing associations, social firms, and leisure centres. Thus social enterprise activities cut across various businesses and the attitude of social entrepreneurs should be developed to enable active participation in the market field.

BACKGROUND:

In understanding the mindset of voluntary sector organisations now setting up as community enterprises, I will at this junction briefly trace their root within the market economy.

During Thatcher's administration, the third sector gained prominence as providers of goods and services within the framework of a competitive market economy. They had to their advantage concessions with tax as a result of their charitable status, unpaid hours of volunteers, low waged employees and use of grants.

Even now with the new coalition government, voluntary organisations developing as community enterprises still have access to grants and soft loans provided by financial institutions such as Community Development Financial Institutions CDFIs. This aid is given because community enterprises are seen to be playing a pivotal role in tackling social exclusion especially in the areas of creating employment and access to skills improvement.

Shewa Adeniji
Pgdip (Cambridge)
PROJECTS FUNDED:
Ovation Fabric & Design


Bolatito - Music CD Venture

 
 
 
 
The Place Studios
 
LICO
 
BIC Media
 
Top3 Ventures
 
Diadem King
 
Goodcom Ltd



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