Ipswich unemployed to be offered free entrepreneur training and support

A group shot of the Ipswich Entrepreneurs Programme graduates for 2017

A group shot of the Ipswich Entrepreneurs Programme graduates for 2017 - Credit: Archant

The School for Social Entrepreneurs East is recruiting for its new programme designed to support people in Ipswich who are seeking employment.

The programme, fully funded by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk and delivered by the Eastern Enterprise Hub, is aimed at those who have been unemployed for at least six months, parents returning to work and unemployed graduates.

Due to start in mid-September, the programme will offer 36 hours of free support, which will include workshops on increasing the chance of gaining future employment, improving self-belief, confidence building and networking using the innovative School for Social Entrepreneurs’ learning programme.

Digby Chacksfield, chief executive of the School for Social Entrepreneurs East and the Eastern Enterprise Hub said “We’re very grateful to the New Anglia LEP for their support and look forward to helping local residents back into the workplace.

“We recently delivered a similar programme in Thurrock, Essex, aimed at parents returning to work and the feedback was extremely positive with over half the attendees finding employment or going on to further training.


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“We very much hope we can repeat our successes and support unemployed people living in Ipswich.”

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership said “This exciting new initiative tackles head-on the challenge of getting talented people into work or training.

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Businesses large and small in Ipswich are always searching for people with ability and experience, and the Eastern Enterprise Hub has exactly the right expertise to help connect people with the available opportunities.

“I am delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership has been able to fund this work, and we look forward to it making a positive difference to the lives of as many people as possible.”

Whilst providing the cohort with the opportunity to gain skills to help them return to the workplace, attendees will have the chance to discuss self-employment, as the main focus of the Eastern Enterprise Hub is to support start-up entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.

Two further Back to Your Future programmes are planned to run during the next seven months.

The new programme will be delivered from the Eastern Enterprise Hub located on Ipswich Waterfront above Cult Café.

To register your interest in the programme email heidi.love@eehub.co.uk or call 01473 527100 (9am-5pm Mon to Fri).

For further information visit www.eehub.co.uk

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