Volunteers wanted to kick start New Year businesses

learndirect is on the hunt for volunteers to inspire entrepreneurs set to burst onto the business scene in 2015

The volunteer business mentors – who should have relevant experience of running their own business or have worked in relevant job roles – will give peer-to-peer support to individuals looking to start their own business.

The recruitment drive comes on the back of learndirect winning a contract to deliver the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme across Mercia and the Midland Shires.

The new contract will see learndirect support people who are out of work to start their own business.

Alongside tailored support from learndirect, the volunteer business mentors will provide individuals on the programme with guidance on setting goals, finding and translating information, solving problems and implementing action plans.

They will be expected to spend between two and four hours a month with each entrepreneur, working with two to five people at a time. In return they’ll receive support and access to development and training, use of e-learning products and processes and a peer support network of business support professionals.

Ian Carlier, Enterprise Director at learndirect said: “We’re really pleased to have won this new contract and look forward to building a team of people who can really help our budding entrepreneurs flourish.

“Volunteer business mentors will make a real difference to the lives of entrepreneurial people and their businesses. But through working with learndirect it also offers them the opportunity to assist their own personal development and business development opportunities.”

Anyone interested in becoming a learndirect volunteer business mentor should contact enterprise@learndirect.com