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.
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.
A little earlier in the year, we ran our very first webinar! It was daunting and there was a few minor slip ups but we were really pleased and the feedback we got was excellent! The webinar focused on the topic of EU Funding for Creatives and was delivered as part of our Creative Communities Igniting Change Erasmus+ Project. The great thing about webinars, is that you not only have the opportunity to deliver it to a live audience but you can also then share a recording of the webinar to extend the learning circle even further! And that’s exactly what we are doing with today’s blog post.
A project that has really captured our hearts is www.restart.how. Togehter with Irish partners Letterkenny Institute of Technology and EU colleagues in Spain, The Netherlands and Bulgaria we are putting second chance entrrepreneurship to the fore. Sheer grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit was on the menu at the Irish Restart Multiplier Event at CoLab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, on March 9th 2017.
The 50+ strong group of delegates heard from second chance entrepreneur Sandra Walsh of Canopi Sleeves, who, when recession hit, was forced to close her fashion boutique in an affluent Dublin suburb. Undeterred, Sandra spurred on by self-belief, determination and the support of her family, rejuvenated her career by designing an innovative product Canopi Sleeves which is now stocked in high end stores such as Harrods and Brown Thomas.