training opportunities

Game changing the Adventure Tourism Environment

Momentum invites you to join the Newly Launched Adventure Tourism Innovative Partnerships. The world is changing, fast! Technology from Interactive/Responsive Wearable Devices to Drones and Augmented Virtual Reality may not be familiar to our adventure businesses just yet – but they will be. They present huge opportunities to capture the imagination and spending power of wide audiences. But most of us struggle to understand how we can take advantage of this new dimension technology.  This is at the heart of our new project and we want to share it with you.

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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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Kick start your Creative Career – Spotlight on YEA

If you are thinking of kick starting your Creative Career this spring then the Youth Enterprise through Arts Programme will support you on your way forward. We’re excited to tell you that, coinciding with Creativity Month 2017 our free YEA online course www.yea-project.eu/classroom-course is online now. The online learning programme is designed for people interested in designing their own career in the creative sector.

Creativity Month in Northern Ireland is an exciting programme of events taking place throughout March, celebrating Creativity and the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland. The YEA online course is FREE and is all about enhancing the innovative capacities of young people. We are aiming to help younger artists, designers and makers to explore their own creativity and to think of entrepreneurship as a valid career choice for the future. Feedback from participants said that the course provides an” Excellent array of content! Its short, easy to access and to the point which are all incredibly attractive traits.” and “Such a fantastic course, it provided me with such powerful ideas in regards to starting up my own business.

Many ‘artist-entrepreneurs’ don’t necessarily set out to start a business. Your main focus might be on developing your own practice, but then you find yourself faced with the fact that you need to earn a living which will allow you to make enough money to continue your artistic practice. This is where your plan or strategy for the next 1-3 year is so important. Perhaps you are continuing your studies to develop your practice part time and working in a coffee shop to earn some money to cover your bills and allow you the time and space to write or make music- this is all part of the process. Taking part in the YEA online course will help you. It is a free course which you can access at a time that suits you, evenings, weekends or a little each day. Learning online offers you more time to fully absorb the information.

Not every young person wants to set up their own business but they do want to have a fulfilling / successful life. Running your own business can be both challenging and rewarding. It will allow you the independence to capitalise on your creative skills and knowledge- be your own boss. By doing what you are interested in this means you can have creative freedom, a better work life balance and financial opportunities in the marketplace. If you dream big it can become your reality but not without much planning and hard work. You will need to enter the process knowing that you will encounter failure and setbacks along the way but you will learn from each one and learn to move on.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

The YEA course will help you to gain a better understanding of the creative industries. You will learn how to develop your entrepreneurial skills and find out how highly employers value innovative individuals. The goal of the course is to empower young individuals to become entrepreneurs and high valued employees.

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author.For more info check-

http://www.yea-project.eu/course-information/ and get started. And for those of you looking to get involved in Creativity NI Month activities check out http://creativityni.org/news to find out more about opportunities for young Filmmakers as part of the Galway Film Fleadh. Young filmmakers with animated, documentary and/or dramatic short films are invited to submit their film for selection for the 29th edition of the festival, which will run 11th – 16th July. Each year the Fleadh shows nearly 100 short films as part of the programme. Also Libraries NI is playing host to a range of workshops and clinics to provide people of all ages to work alongside renowned artists in their field of work from Novelists to screenwriters.

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

 

Student Entrepreneurs, 30 years ago and now

Funny how life comes around and goes around. Momentum together with Letterkenny Institute of Technology have just kicked off a major new EU project called I-Step, the International Student Entrepreneurship Programme. Working with partners in The Netherlands, Lithuania and the UK, the project is focused on internationalising entrepreneurship education throughout the EU. I-Step does this by helping colleges add an international component to their programmes helping students to become more aware of international opportunities, be more creative and more entrepreneurial.
 

And then I found this photo and was reminded that 30 years ago, as part of an NCBSII class in Sligo RTC, myself and Peter Nagle got through to the Top 10 (or maybe 20 I can’t remember) Student Enterprise Awards. I still have our handwritten application. Struck now that looking at the fine bunch of men that female entrepreneurship also struggled 30 years ago! In writing the press release for I-Step, I reflected on the teaching of entrepreneurship. Pat Scanlon was our lecturer at the time and I have to say I loved that business planning process (and still getting a buzz from it all these decades later). So, to that press release …..
 

‘In recent years, colleges in Ireland have made impressive progress teaching entrepreneurship. The quality of the programmes is increasing and more entrepreneurship programmes include active learning where students set up their businesses as part of the curriculum. However, these programmes rarely have an internationalisation element. We were motivated to join this project as we feel the next phase of export focused entrepreneurs should have access to internationalism while in education. Wouldn’t it be great if students that work on entrepreneurship subjects, were given the opportunity to work with foreign students and explore possibilities for internationalisation? This is exactly what the I-STEP project plans to do. Momentum is responsible for developing a hands-on and practical applicable manual describing step-by-step how to implement an international oriented entrepreneurship programme in a college or VET school. We have so much to learn from a European context and are delighted to be involved’.
 

Funded by the European Union under their Erasmus+ programme, Momentum and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, students will learn how international business works, practice their language skills, learn about culture, exports etc.. The I-STEP programme will offer several different pathways, from working with an adviser in the export market to actually setting up an international company with students from another country. For teachers I-STEP will develop the tools they need in and outside the class room to support the students. This includes setting up an online cooperation platform for the students and teachers to work with their counterparts in other countries.
 

I have a feeling this is a project I am joining to particularly enjoy.