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FOLLOWING the success of recent courses delivered under the Exploring Enterprise2 programme and the demand for enterprise support, Cookstown Enterprise Centre has launched another Exploring Enterprise training course.

The next course will commence on Tuesday 21 August and will enable those who are unemployed or economically inactive to develop skills to enhance their individual chances of securing employment or entering self-employment. The accredited programme will also provide participants with a Level 2 Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

Ciaran Higgins, Manager of Cookstown Enterprise Centre commented, “While this is a Northern Ireland wide programme, we are delighted to be able to deliver this programme for people in the local area. We are all aware of the current economic situation and support such as this provides local people with the opportunity to improve their skills for employment and self-employment through advice and training while at the same time gaining a qualification.”

Nevin Glendinning opened his business after receiving support from Cookstown Enterprise Centre. ‘Perfect Shine’ provides a high quality and reliable mobile waterless vehicle washing and valeting service for all makes of cars, vans, motor homes and static and touring caravans, as well as retailing a range of specialist cleaning products. Nevin can be contacted on 07549112944 or perfectshineone@gmail.com.

Speaking of the help received from Cookstown Enterprise Centre Nevin said ‘“It has always been a dream for me to open my own business and with the help of Cookstown Enterprise Centre I have been able to make my dream a reality. The staff at the Enterprise Centre helped me to research my business idea, put together a marketing plan, research legal issues concerning my business, develop budgets and forecasts but most importantly they helped raise my confidence which gave me the belief to start the business.”

Dana McKenna, Business Advisor at CEC commented “This programme is particularly timely given the economic downturn and increased levels of unemployment. Our aim is to deliver training and mentoring support to assist people in developing personal skills as well as achieving a qualification which will help them to re-enter the labour market.”.

The programme is designed for people who like the idea of starting a business but don’t have a business idea; have a business idea but are not ready to turn it into a business just yet; want to explore a few possible business idea or want to gain a qualification and improve their CV.

The course starts on the 21 August and following successful completion participants will be awarded a QCF in Understanding Business Enterprise making it a great way to improve your CV or to gain the knowledge and skills required to start your own business.

If you are interested in participating on this programme contact Dana at Cookstown Enterprise Centre on 028 8676 3660 or e-mail dana@cookstownenterprise.com.

This project is part-financed by the European Social Fund, the Department for Employment and Learning, Enterprise Northern Ireland and the Local Enterprise Agencies under the Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2007-13.