A partnership between the Workers’ Educational Association and Omagh District Council, this project is made possible by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund which is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.
Are you are considering setting up your own business in the Creative Industries? Or looking to make a little extra income with your creative skills? Well this project is for you.
This short, accessible programme will enable learners to develop a full business plan and a portfolio, including IT presentations and promotional material of their craft/ skills. Participants will also receive guidance from a mentor who will prompt and guide them on issues relating to their business.And all within a creative learning environment. This project has been developed by the WEA in response to specific needs identified in the Creative Industries and follows on from other highly successful schemes which have taken place over the last couple of years.
Anyone who holds qualifications in their particular skills area at Level 2 or above (i.e. if you have achieved higher than a GCSE Grade D or a CCEA Creative Crafts Level 2 and graduates are also welcome) and want to explore income generation or self-employment in the Creative Industries.Applicants will be invited to attend a short interview in early September 2010 before beginning the programme.
Where will the training take place?
What will I be doing?
Learners must complete both courses – one course is aqualification from CCEA Council for the Curriculum Examinations and the other is accredited with the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI).
Irresistible Business Level 2:
Tuesday, 14th September, 6.45pm to 9.45pm for 13 sessions
This is the ideal entry point for those wishing to get involved in business start-up and will allow you to explore the implications of self-employment and starting/ running your own business.
Professional Practice in The Creative Industries Level 1:
Following dates: Saturday, 9th October, 6th & 20th November 2010, 10.00am-5.00pm.
There are different ways of accessing self-employment opportunities in the Creative Industries and this course will look at a range of approaches which could be used. It will also help you develop your professional profile which could result in gaining work in the Creative Industries.
Two Taster Sessions will take place in support of these courses. Please watch the WEA and Strule Arts Centre websites for further details for these sessions as anyone with an interest in this area will be welcome to come along. These will be led by NI based role models already working in the industry at a local or international level.
Here is what other people said of the last Creativity Thirst
Elaine Hill, a Photographer who participated on last year’s pilot project said:
"Prior to starting the course my work revolved around PR shots, weekly gigs and the occasional wedding. I was lacking focus. Creativity Thirst has given me this focus and has helped me think outside the box and now my weddings have doubled. My understanding of self promotion and finance has increased; as has my confidence. I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to make the most of their career."
Jean Brennan,Arts Manager comments:
"Omagh District Council is delighted to support this project with the WEA. It offers a great opportunity for those who want to make a start on a business within the Creative Industries. Participants will be assisted in developing business plans, portfolios, and promotional material. Most importantly mentors from similar businesses will work with participants, so real experienced help will be given. Omagh District Council has been active in promoting economic development through the district for a number of years and is especially delighted to have the opportunity to work with emerging entrepreneurs from the Creative Industries. This project offers a perfect helping hand for individuals to broaden their knowledge of the business world, develop robust business ideas and help this exciting sector develop locally.”
Carole Kane, Workers’ Educational Association, 3 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast, BT9 6AW
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