Across Europe, small businesses play an important role – creating economic growth, enabling social development and positively contributing to quality of life for EU citizens. While there has been a recent rise in self-employment, many of these new businesses are not achieving their potential. A significant growth barrier has been identified – transitioning from a sole-trader to hiring an employee. Ambition to Employ, an Erasmus Plus programme that has been funded with support from the European Commission, aims to equip sole-traders with the knowledge, ability and confidence they need to cross this threshold.
Sole-traders often feel ill equipped to hire their first employee – citing a lack of knowledge, ability, confidence, and often psychological barriers. The Ambition to Employ training model aims to strengthen and update VET systems to ensure that practical assistance and education strategies are available to solo-traders – enabling them to capitalise on their ability to create jobs and deliver wider economic growth.
Support tools for the programme:
- Self-assessment tool – to evaluate the sole-trader’s readiness to employ, and generate a personalised learning pathway.
- Training model – to enable Business Advisors and Trainers to impart the knowledge, skills and self-belief sole-traders need to hire their first employee.
- Free online course – enabling busy sole-traders access to the same training and support offered by Business Advisors, at their convenience.