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Apprenticeships – SMEs will benefit from new EU Programme

This week sees Momentum travel to  Barcelona with project partners on www.apprenticeshipalliance.eu.Persistently high youth unemployment and the education-employment skills mismatch have spurred governments to undertake vocational education reform to increase the quantity and quality of dual system apprenticeships. In many countries, particularly Ireland, Poland, Netherlands and France this has generated an excess supply of apprenticeship seekers over employer demand. Letterkenny Institute of Technology is involved in an exciting European project Apprenticeship Alliances to develop supports for SMEs, especially small and micro enterprise, to become apprentice employers.

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Call out to all local food producers and growers in County Leitrim!

Local food businesses, primary producers or suppliers based in County Leitrim, we are delighted to announce that we are working on the first ever Leitrim Food Directory and Sourcing Guide and we would love you to apply to be included. The Leitrim Food Directory and Sourcing Guide is a Taste Leitrim initiative from Leitrim Local Enterprise Office and Leitrim County Council which will help connect restaurants and the retail sector with our local artisan food and drink producers and the wealth of wonderful produce on our doorstep in the county.

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When Food Sector Development is Part of your Psyche

Sometimes a project comes along that just brings you to another level, it’s heart and soul time and you put everything you have into it. You feel a true sense of obligaton to do it justice. We have an emotional connection with food in Leitrm since Noel McPartland of Drumshanbo Community Council became our second client in 2003. For the princely sum of £2,000 we wrote the business plan and at least a dozen funding applications that went on to attract €1.8million to realise The Food Hub in Drumshanbo (warning – our fees have increased a little since!). Move forward 14 years and we were completely chuffed to win the tender to write the very first Leitrim Food Strategy.

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Enterprise in Interface Areas

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Many of our projects seek to push boundaries, challenge and adopt innovative approaches from across hte EU and further afield. One project that epitomises this appraoach is Enterprise in Interface areas (ENTER) http://www.enterproject.info/. 

 

Interface areas are increasingly common across European cities and urban areas and even much more locally where conflict is a present threat. The conflicts are generally ethnic,politically or religiously motivated and result in an increase in economic and social disadvantage for the people living in these interface areas.

 

The ENTER Project has been designed to counteract some of these problems by pioneering a toolkit to contribute to greater social inclusion and cohesion. This innovative toolkit will focus on the role of enterprise education and support to transform individual and community wellbeing in these interface areas. Our job is to write new training materials to make this happen.

 

Our partner colleagues Creative Spark in Louth held a really interesting Multipier Event recently to launch our Toolkit and focus on the challenges of starting a business as a ethnic individual. Click here to get a flavour of the day

 

In advance of the launch of our training materials next month, check out our EZINE

 

CALLING VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANIES

Momentum Consulting has been appointed by Westmeath County Council to manage an exciting new marketing project. They wish to commission a series of high impact videos and high resolution still shots to showcase the county as a dynamic and enterprising location. 

 

The goal is to create a collection of footage and still shots that Westmeath County Council and interested stakeholders can use to promote the county across a series of marketing campaigns.   Through a series of 10 high definition thematic videos (of approx 2 minutes each to maximise viral marketing), we seek to showcase how Westmeath is value for money business location and a great place to do business. 

Once the video production company is appointed, Momentum will work with the company to develop a detailed Content Master Plan to ensure each video is structured for maximum impact.   Momentum will work closely with the company to deliver the brief.  At a practical level, they will assist the production company in scheduling and logistics.  Momentum will oversee the shoot and monitor progress and evaluate impact to ensure the overall objectives are achieved.  They will work with the production company in an intensive editing process and ensure that Westmeath County Council is impressed at all points of the process and with the outcome.

 

 IMPORTANT TENDER INFORMATION – See tender call document here

All tender queries must be directed by email only to Orla Casey on  orla@momentumconsulting.ie  by Wednesday 12th August 2015.

Tender submissions must be delivered in PDF format to  christine.charlton@leo.westmeathcoco.ie by not later than 12:00 (noon) on Friday 14th August 2015.

 

 Tenders must include the Westmeath County Council Pre- Qualification Questionnaire for contractors. Only consultants who have passed the questionnaire shall be eligible for consideration to award contract.   Download the Pre- Qualification Questionnaire  file here.