EdTech business Enploy delivered a six-week ‘Be Your Own Boss Programme’ to boost opportunities for the region’s emerging talents by encouraging Beauty students at Sandwell College to consider and act on their entrepreneurial traits.
Completed on Thursday 22nd November, the Innovation Birmingham Campus-based company implemented a six-week entrepreneurially-focused workshop programme blending online and practical activities for a group of graduates and college students, open to self-employment.
Derived by Enploy, specialist in measuring and developing entrepreneurial skills, the Be Your Own Boss initiative comprised of weekly entrepreneurial diagnostics, self-reflection and bitesize learning workshops to bolster students’ understanding of an entrepreneurial way of thinking. Sallie Allen, Co-Founder of Enploy said:
“The programme is about individuals realising how accessible self-employment can be if you have the right attitude and behaviours, and with features such as guest speaker slots from Barclays Eagle Labs and communications expert Professor Jo Andrews, we hope to boost engagement in start-up ventures and self-employment”
Delivered from the multi-million-pound iCentrum building at the Innovation Birmingham Campus and Sandwell College respectively, the programmeaimed to improve the booming engagement in self-employment, with an extra 800 thousand people registered as working for themselves in 2015 (4.6m) when compared to 2008 (3.8m). Sallie added:
“Providing a different route into employment, the programme invites students to consider running their own business and understand what information and guidance is available to them if them if they decide to move forward with their business idea.”
Donna Jones, one of the five Hair & Beauty students from Sandwell College on the programme said: “I really enjoyed finding out more about how I could be my own boss, taking part in the workshops and understanding more about my strengths online.”
Enploy identifies, develops and measures entrepreneurial skills through a combination of online diagnostic tools, portal-based learning and physical workshops to drive success for small to medium-sized enterprises. UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, awarded Enploy a grant to enable it to deliver the programme. Enploy wishes to replicate this free programme to Sandwell students early in 2018. To express your interest in the free Be Your Own Boss programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.