Our recent blog on International Women’s Day, inspired Sally Arkley, Director of the Women’s Development Agency, to get in touch with news of her project. Here, she shares her thoughts on the importance of supporting female entrepreneurs:
We do really enjoy hearing from our projects, particularly when it’s good news! We have recently been sent updates by two colleges whose Leonardo achievements have been recognised with external commendations. We thought you might like to hear about them too…
On a day dedicated to recognising women’s achievements and addressing inequalities that remain across the world, we would like to share with you one of our Leonardo Transfer of Innovation projects, which focusses on bringing out potential in women entrepreneurs. This topic is highly relevant to the UK Government’s response to IWD this year, which focuses on supporting women in business. See http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/international-womens-day-2013/ for more details.
Supporting women entrepreneurs through technology
The Women’s Organisation, a Social Enterprise in Liverpool, are currently 16 months into their Women’s E-Business Enterprise Learning Project which aims to help women entrepreneurs to make better use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve their business competitiveness. Read the rest of this entry »
As many of you will be aware the Lifelong Learning Programme is coming to an end and will be replaced by the next generation of funding programme. While we are excited to see what the new programme will bring it does, sadly, mean that Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal funding will draw to a close by the end of 2013.
The deadlines for Mobility Projects, Partnerships and Transfer of Innovation have now passed which, in practical terms, means that there is no more funding available under the Leonardo programme. If you have submitted an application in 2013 for any of these opportunities you will hear whether you have been successful or not in Summer 2013.
Do not worry, while the funding is drawing to a close, any successful application received in 2013 for Mobility Projects, Partnerships or Transfer of Innovation will be funded for the entire project lifecycle. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things that most interests me when I talk to participants is their individual list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ that they have for running a successful project. Usually built on experience, often these ‘top tips’ are relevant in all kinds of projects.
Recently, I attended a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation (TOI) Start Up Seminar, where I got talking to Ros Boyce from Belfast Metropolitan College who has recently taken over the reins as Project Manager of The BAREFOOT Trainer project, which is providing short, practical blended courses, useful for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teaching and training across diverse sectors.
Each year we receive a record number of applications from across the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes. We know the time and effort that you put into each application and we wanted to give you an overview of what happens at each stage of the process.
The timeline of a project
For Leonardo Transfer of Innovation, Leonardo Mobility and Leonardo and Grundtvig Partnerships as well as Grundtvig Senior Volunteering the project timeline is very similar. We’ll be doing a follow up post on the timeline for Grundtvig In-Service Training, Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges and Transversal Study Visits. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago I heard through a colleague that Paul Baron, one of our Leonardo Mobility Certificate Holders, had been included in the New Year Honours List 2012 for his services to vulnerable children around the world. I was really pleased because I’m familiar with Paul’s projects and have been impressed by their impact, particularly on the young people involved.
So last week I rang him to find out more. The conversation started well, and Paul was very enthusiastic to share his experiences.
However, very quickly it became clear that the interview wasn’t going to work in the way I had anticipated. For every question I put to him, Paul had the most incredible, gripping tale to tell. Anecdotes, inspiring stories, adventures… I physically wasn’t able to get it all down on paper. So I put my pen down and listened. We chatted for over half an hour and at the end of the call I had to ask: “Paul, please could you send me some more information on this?” (Which he kindly did).
So get a cup of tea, divert all calls and read on – Paul has had an eventful life.
Inova Consultancy is a team of experts that work in the area of diversity, equal opportunities and entrepreneurship. They are based in Sheffield and have participated in a number of Lifelong Learning Programme funded projects to share best practices in mentoring and to empower women into taking up self-employment.
Currently they are working on a 2010 Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project called ‘fe:male’:
…we will transfer our experience in career guidance to the Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta and Italy. By passing our approved concept of Mentoring Circles™, we aim to enable our partners to support actual and potential female entrepreneurs in the same way in other European countries as we do in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re excited to announce that four UK project promoters have been included in the European Commission’s list of ‘best 2007-funded Leonardo Transfer of Innovation projects’. Congratulations go to GEMS Northern Ireland, Nottingham Trent University, The Steel Construction Institute and Visit Scotland (Tourist Board Training).
Here is a quick summary of the projects and their achievements.