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Access Enterprise


The Access Enterprise project will develop learning resources which support the professional development of new and existing Business Advisers/Educators working with people from marginalised groups including young people, people with mental health issues, people with disabilities, migrants, people from a BME background, people over 50; people from social deprived communities; and women.

Access Enterprise does this by developing training packages which promote partnership working between Business Advisers/Educators. Access Enterprise will create training packages using a co-production model, where professionals and people from marginalised groups views are treated equally in the design, development, piloting and evaluations of the results.

Therefore, this project aims to meet this need by working with trainers and enterprise coaches in transnational cooperation to develop a targeted and coherent training methodology which will be designed to help individuals currently excluded from the labour market to develop entrepreneurship skills or become self-employed. It will offer them the opportunity to explore alternative to traditional routes to employment

The basis for the success of this project is the project partners belief and determination that people from the marginalized groups listed above should have person centred supported which enables them to explore and move into self-employment and set up businesses.

The partnership is composed of 6 diverse organisations skilled in different and similar aspects of adult education, and business support and working with disadvantaged groups e.g. social research, training. The partners are from: UK, Portugal, Lithuania, Spain, Greece and Romania.

Our project will start on 01-09-2018 and end on 31-08-2020.

The key project objectives:

  • Research and present the need for tailored and person centred training and support packages for people from marginalised groups
  • Development and production of a comprehensive training package and scheme of work which up skills, empowers and enables existing Business Advisers and Coaches to provide a more effective person centred service to people from different marginalised groups
  • Present and recommend how this methodology and approach can be developed and expanding further within partner countries and the EU as a whole

The project will have a great impact not only for the direct beneficiaries (Business Advisers/Entrepreneurs from Marginalised groups) involved in the project activities but also the indirect beneficiaries (Adult educators/ Policy Makers) who get to know about the results and gain a greater awareness about the topic.

In order to discover articles closely related to the main idea of the project, please consult the project Facebook page as well as the project LinkedIn page.