This new programme known as PEP 2 is funded by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Department for Communities and builds upon the delivery of PEP 1 to support people into sustainable employment through self-employment, targeting those who are economically inactive, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week and who may have additional barriers preventing them from moving into self-employment.
AS with PEP 1, North City Business Centre will be delivering PEP 2 on a Belfast wide basis over the next eighteen months in partnership with East Belfast Enterprise Agency, Ormeau Business Park, The Ortus Group and Work West.
PEP 2 will also support individuals develop a Personal Development Plan and programme participants can avail of additional mentoring hours on their journey into self-employment, while gaining an Open College Network Level 1 qualification in ‘Managing Personal Finances.’
Participants will be supported to overcome structural barriers to becoming self-employed/establishing a new business including, childcare, travel and finance as well as personal barriers including mental health, emotional wellbeing and addiction issues.
North City Business Centre CEO, Dave Murphy, said: "North City Business Centre would like to acknowledge the support provided by Belfast City Council to the local enterprise agencies in Belfast to continue with the delivery of the Pathway to Enterprise Programme at a time when the Coronavirus pandemic is causing increasing unemployment in the City. PEP provides focused support to people who are unemployed or economically inactive and provides wraparound support to participants of other enterprise start-up programmes such as NIBSUP/’Go For It’ and the Belfast City Council Kick Start programmnes."