Local Women Local Enterprise
Local Women Local Enterprise was launched by The Millin Charity in 2014, following a successful 2 year pilot and consultation with hundreds of local women. The project responds to the increasing need for support which is specifically geared to the economic empowerment of women, to contribute to the development of stronger, more resilient communities.
Local Women Local Enterprise has developed a reputation as a uniquely accessible learning and development programme that helps women who face barriers to mainstream employment to begin their journey towards financial independence.
Enterprise-based learning and development
Local Women Local Enterprise uses enterprise as a catalyst for change, enabling women to build aspiration, confidence, self-esteem, knowledge and skills, to increase their likelihood of becoming financially independent, through a wide range of enterprise-based activities.
The support offered through the Local Women Local Enterprise project is wide-ranging, providing numerous points of entry, and flexible transition routes for women irrespective of where they are on their journey.
Our approach to support is entirely centred around the needs of each individual woman, and their progress is measured against their own aspirations and plans, rather than being monitored on a ‘one size fits all’ linear basis. This person-centred approach makes the Local Women Local Enterprise project adaptable to respond to the very specific needs of a particular community, enabling us to engage even those who are considered to be the hardest to reach.
Credits and qualifications
Through a unique combination of accredited training courses, Local Women Local Enterprise enables women to gain credits towards Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications including Awards in ‘Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability’, ‘Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development’ (SETPD) and ‘Retail Knowledge’.
NOCN Level 1 Award in Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability (QCF) can be gained in full through the Local Women Local Enterprise learning programme if women choose to follow a specific learning path. By Spring 2018, through the addition of 2 further enterprise-based training courses, this will also extend to NOCN Level 1 Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (SETPD).
Impacts and outcomes
Local Women Local Enterprise has a proven track record, including the following impacts and outcomes which have been achieved by participants:
- Gaining new, and unearthed existing, skills to enable progress towards financial independence;
- Understanding of enterprise and self-employment, and whether it could be a realistic option;
- Learning how to make money from the products already being made at home;
- Developing business knowledge and skills to improve the chances of success of their own enterprise, or in the world of work;
- Improving social capital, within their local community and in the enterprise arena;
- Being inspired, and building confidence, self-esteem and aspiration;
- Exploring ways to contribute to the local community through enterprise;
- Accessing volunteering and work experience opportunities;
- Receiving formal endorsement of progress and achievements by being awarded certificates of participation in workshops and short courses;
- Gaining Level 1 qualifications, and credits towards qualifications.
When combined with our Women’s Trading Collective (WTC) project the impact of Local Women Local Enterprise is deepened even further, as women can use the collective as a platform for expanding their new-found skills and embedding their knowledge as they gain practical experience through volunteering within a community-enterprise.