Cardiff Third Sector Learning and Enterprise Network
Cardiff Third Sector Learning and Enterprise Network was launched in October 2011. It offers free membership to third sector organisations that work in the learning and social enterprise field in Cardiff.
As a member of the Network you will:
- Be connected to other third sector organisations, to liaise and share thinking, learning and good practice;
- Gain knowledge of the sector’s contribution by mapping existing activities, analysing needs and highlighting gaps in existing services;
- Have the opportunity to contribute to strategic knowledge and direction in the field;
- Be able to feed into, and influence, other regional and national networks.
Here are the priorities of the network:
- Improving online resources and linking between Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) and the wider learning sector;
- Bringing out learner- and provider-led information, giving attention to the complexity of the information and in a user-friendly format;
- Promoting and managing the flow of information and keeping it up to date;
- Raising awareness of network organisations and what they can offer, so that appropriate signposting and referrals can take place;
- Linking to Cardiff Community Learning Network to ease the flow of communication between the two networks.
Third Sector Organisations' Intelligence Data:
The information shared with the sector will be: what you do, your funder, number of learners per month, and the gaps and challenges you're facing. Your information will be promoted and made accessible through this web page.
Next Network event
The network meets twice a year. Next date to be announced.
Training and events
Superfast Business Wales is running fully-funded, specialised masterclasses and workshops to help your business exploit easy-to-adopt digital technologies and online tools in order to reach new customers, increase profits and boost business growth. Delivered locally across Wales, the free digital technology events have been designed specifically for micro, small and medium sized businesses to access important, practical business advice. There's lots of other useful advice on the website. Find out more at https://businesswales.gov.wales/superfastbusinesswales/
- The Essential Skills in the Workplace programme offers free training in the skills essential for your business success.
- Cardiff and Vale College is running a course to help people who need support with essential/basic skills and those who are looking to improve their skills for employability.
- Free courses from Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning's Widening Access Team.
- Retail Works Pre-Employment Training Course - delivered by Cardiff and Vale College.
Erasmus+ is the European programme for education, training, youth and sport.
There are a number of funding deadlines coming up:
• 2 February 2017, 11am: application deadline for Key Action 1 – Mobility of Individuals
• 2 February 2017, 11am: application deadline for Key Action 2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices and Key Action 3 – Support for Policy Reform
• 29 March 2017, 11am: application deadline for Key Action 2 - Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices Click here to find out more the programme and key actions.
- Care and Wellbeing Fund: The £12 million investment fund focuses on community-based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions. There is no formal application process or set funding rounds.
News and other info
Loans are available through the Start Up Loans Company for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business in Wales. If you know of an individual or a business who would benefit from a Start Up Loan with a low interest rate then please contact Business in Focus.
- Menter Caerdydd, in partnership with the Welsh Government, will pilot a new scheme and is currently looking to work directly with companies / local businesses to offer assistance, expertise and resources.
- Click, Connect and Learn with WCVA. Take a look at WCVA's Learning Zone at www.learningzone.wales/ - an online learning website offering a range of courses and resources specifically tailored for the third sector in Wales.
- Wales Co-operative Centre's Care to Co-operate is a service that can assist you to share your skills, knowledge and ideas to directly improve how services are designed and delivered – and this is done by working co-operatively. Want to know about Care to Co-operate? Visit http://wales.coop/care/
- The Welsh Government's Local Energy Service provides financial and technical support to help social enterprises and SMEs across Wales to develop their own renewable energy schemes. Find out more at http://localenergy.gov.wales/en/
- The Ethical Property Company has opened its first building in Cardiff, off Newport Road, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Queen’s Street Station. Find out more about this new centre for charities and social enterprises in Cardiff.
- Download the newsletter for Cardiff & Vale Community Learning Partnership Learners.
- Three regional skills partnerships are now ready and geared up to drive investment in skills and maximise opportunities for their local economies, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James announced on 10 October 2014. Read the rest of this article on the Welsh Government website.
- Read the March 2015 edition of NIACE Cymru's newsletter.
- Have you seen everyonesbusiness.coop – the blog site for the co-operative and social enterprise sector in Wales, brought to you by Wales Co-operative Centre?
- Find out more about the support Innovation Wales offers.
- Read the May 2014 edition of the 'DfES footprint for ESF delivery 2014 - 2020'.
- The third round of the Enterprise Zones Business Rates Scheme has opened.
- Funding opportunity: second call for innovative learning workshops - up to £3,500 available.
- Start Up loans are now available across Wales as part of the Welsh Government Business Start Up service and can provide entrepreneurs starting a business in Wales with low interest rate loans.
- Pathways to a degree at Cardiff University - find out more.
- Connecting Learners: Best Practice Guides - Connecting Learners Project has developed a series of Best Practice Guides aimed at employer partners, learners and Union Learning Reps. Here are the titles of the guides: 'Encouraging Reading', 'Find Out and Fund It', 'Employability Skills' and 'Learning Pathway into Social Care'. You can access the guides here.
- On the Welsh Government's Business Wales website, you can access Finance, Funding and Support, which links to the UK-wide Business Support and Finance Finder. This tool helps businesses find out about the public sector support schemes available to them.
- New fund to invest in social enterprise.
- Work Programme data - updated release: additional analysis from Inclusion.
- Are you involved in the delivery of computer courses?
To find out more: