Training Opportunities 2017

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Leitrim intend to offer the following Business Skills Training Programmes to micro-enterprises in Co. Leitrim during 2017.

We would welcome specifications and prices from interested parties regarding delivery of Business Skills Training Programmes.

Price submitted should be inclusive of all costs relating to the training initiative, with the exception of training venue costs, which shall be borne by Local Enterprise Office Leitrim.

Submissions should include a copy of both a current tax clearance certificate or proof of same and professional indemnity insurance.

Any costs associated with the preparation and/or submission of specifications are in no way attributable to Local Enterprise Office Leitrim.

All Specifications are received and Contracts which subsequently may be awarded are dependent on demand for places on the Programme, availability of funding to Local Enterprise Office Leitrim and priorities for Local Enterprise Office Leitrim.

Local Enterprise Office Leitrim may choose to deliver only some of the Training Programmes outlined below and may select other Training Programmes not featured below for delivery during 2017.

If a programme is delivered more than once during the year, LEO Leitrim reserves the right to select more than one supplier to deliver same.

When submitting prices/specifications to deliver Training Programmes, please ensure that you quote the Programme title and ref. no as outlined below.

‘Suggested Content’ as outlined below is exactly that – we welcome any suggestions you may have in regard to the exact content, etc. of the Programme

 

Programme Titles:

1. Start Your Own Business LM/17/01

Objective: To assist participants in developing an understanding of the issues involved in becoming self-employed and to facilitate them in developing a business plan to establish the potential viability of their business.

Duration: 6 x 3 hr. sessions

Suggested Content: Self-Assessment, Legal issues for start-ups, Preparing a Business Plan, Market Research, Marketing for the small Business, Finance.

2. Basic Book-Keeping /Managing Finances LM 17/02

Objective: The Programme aim is to equip participants with the skills to maintain a paper-based book-keeping system, & give them the necessary basic knowledge of Tax & VAT registration & responsibilities for small businesses.

Duration: 4 x 3hr. sessions.

Suggested Content: Overview of Basic Accounts & Record-Keeping, Primary Books, Month-end summary, VAT Calculation/Returns, Credit Control, Cash Flow.

 

3. Which Social Media network is right for my business? LM/17/03

Objectives: To guide participants through the myriad of Social Media channels which are out there and to assist them to choose the Social Media channel(s) which are most suitable for their businesses.

Duration: 1 Day

Suggested Content: Overview of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, recommendations to participants as to which channels are most suitable for their particular business activity.

  4. Using Facebook for Business – Beginners LM/16704

Objective: Programme aim is to introduce the ‘basics’ of using Facebook as a business promotional tool to participants who have limited or no experience of using Facebook.

Duration: 1 Day.

Suggested Content: How Social Media Marketing can help businesses, How Facebook works, setting up a Facebook business page, understanding the structure of/customising your page, best practices for ‘posting’, business to business marketing on Facebook.

5. Using Facebook for Business – Advanced LM/17/05

Objective: Programme aim is to assist those who already have an established business Facebook page to take their use of Facebook as a business development tool to the next level.

Duration: 1 Day.

Suggested Content: Advanced Posting Techniques, installing custom Facebook applications, how to run a legitimate Facebook competition, running successful advertising campaigns, advanced insights.

 

6. Social Media Marketing (Advanced)LM/17/06

Objective: to assist people in developing the skills necessary to utilise all mainstream forms of social media to promote their business

Duration: 5 x 1/2 day sessions (1/2 day per week)

Suggested Content: How to use advanced Facebook marketing tactics to promote your products & services, how to use Twitter & YouTube to promote your products/services & how to use LinkedIn, Pinterest & Instagram for marketing your business.

7. Facebook Advertising LM/17/07

Objective: to assist people explore how to use facebook ads for their business

Duration: 1 Full Day

Suggested Content: Why should your business use facebook adds, outline ways to run adverts, how to target audiences, different types of facebook adds, creating successful adds, understanding the campaign results.

8. Business Website Review Clinics LM/17/08

Objective: to ensure that the business websites of participants are performing at an optimum level and working hard for the business.

Duration: 60-90 mins per individual clinic.

Suggested Content/Format: participants will have a detailed telephone discussion with the trainer once their place has been secured. Trainer will undertake a critical review of the participants website and present findings to participants in an individual clinic; together with a worksheet containing practical changes which should be made to the site to increase its’ effectiveness.

9Social Media Review Clinics LM/16/09

Objective: to ensure that the business Social Media of participants are performing at an optimum level and working hard for the business.

Duration: 60-90 mins per individual clinic.

Suggested Content/Format: participants will have a detailed telephone discussion with the trainer once their place has been secured. Trainer will undertake a critical review of the participants social media channels and present findings to participants in an individual clinic; together with a worksheet containing practical changes which should be made to the site to increase its’ effectiveness.

 

10. Write an Effective Marketing Plan LM/17/10

Objective: to improve the core marketing skills of participants and highlight the vital role a well-written marketing plan can play in business success.

Duration: 1 Day

Suggested Content: the 4 steps of the marketing process, identifying and profiling customers, clarifying short/long-term goals, product marketing, service marketing, planning, costing and executing marketing for the next 12 months.

11. Costing & Pricing LM/17/11

Objective: to introduce participants to the basic principles of Costing/Pricing, & to techniques used in analysing & controlling costs, together with setting the right price for your products/services

Duration: 1 Day.

Suggested Content: basic principles of costing/costing techniques, controlling costs, contributions/margins, profit v cash flow, how to price products/services, understand & calculate break-even prices, developing a costing template for business.

12. SAGE 50 Accounts Improvers Programme LM/17/12

Objective: to enable existing users of SAGE Accounts Software to acquire the skills to use the advanced functionality of the software to improve business performance.

Duration: 3 x ½ Day sessions, plus 1-1 onsite session per participant.

Suggested Content: Department set-up & use, emailing Invoices/Statements, Credit Control, Cash Flow & Bank Reconciliation, VAT, Management Reports, Month/Year ends.

13. Tas Books Accounts Improvers Programme LM/17/13

Objective: to enable existing users of Tas Books Accounts Software to acquire the skills to use the advanced functionality of the software to improve business performance.

Duration: 3 x ½ Day sessions, plus 1-1 onsite session per participant.

Suggested Content: Department set-up & use, emailing Invoices/Statements, Credit Control, Cash Flow & Bank Reconciliation, VAT, Management Reports, Month/Year ends.

 14.Taxation and VAT (2 days) LM/17/14

Objective: This Programme is aimed at those who have established their own business and are anxious to increase their knowledge regarding taxation and vat and its implications for their business.

Duration: 2 Day.

Suggested Content: a general guide to taxation and VAT, and the different VAT rates which apply to different businesses, the advantages/disadvantages & implications of registering for VAT, the records needed to prepare a VAT return, guidance on preparation of annual return, explanation of return of trading details.

15. Marketing and Sales for the Small Business (5 ½ days) LM/17/15

Objective: This programme is aimed at start up and existing micro-enterprises to assist them to engage in effective marketing strategy for their business.

Duration: 5 x ½ days.

Suggested Content: Defining Marketing, importance of market segmentation, brands and branding, the marketing mix, market positioning, content marketing, selling, make your social media work.

16. Human Resource Management (4 ½ days) LM/ 17/16

Objective: This programme aims to provide an overview of the various laws relevant when employing an individual in Ireland.

Duration: 4 x ½ days.

Suggested Content: Overview of Employment Legislation, contracts of Employment, Recruitment process and employee policies, managing your staff including employment policies.

17. HACCP – Food Hygiene Management Course - QQI Level 6 (8 ½ days or 8 evening workshops) LM/17/17

Objective: This programme aims to provide an overview of the codes of practice within the food industry and to provide an understanding of the legal requirements relating to Food Safety Management Systems.

Duration: 8 x ½ days/8 x 3hr evening workshops

Suggested content: Principles of HACCP, Implementing a Food Safety Management System, Maintenance and review of a system, legal requirements for Food Safety.

18. Food Hygiene Training QQI Level 4 (2 Full days) LM/17/18

Objective: The purpose of this two day training programme is to provide learners with knowledge of food safety and hygiene required to operate a HACCP Food Safety Management System.

Duration: 2 Full days

Suggested Content: Food Hygiene, Personal Hygiene, Pest/Waste Control, Cleaning, Food Delivery, Food Storage, Food Processing. 

19. Start Your Own Food Business LM/17/19

Objective: This programme is designed for those who have recently started a new food business or are thinking about it.

Duration: 6 half days, one per week over 6 weeks.

Suggested Content: Preparing a business plan, researching the marketing, basic book keeping, overview of the Irish Food Sector including artisan food production, food safety minimum requirements, packaging and branding, developing a pricing model, identifying and deciding on a route to market, direct selling including farmers markets, retail channels, food service channels.

Specification Guidelines:

Specifications will be reviewed and scored under the following headings:

Suitability, Qualifications, Experience (25 marks), Track Record in delivery of similar programmes (25 marks) Understanding the brief (10) Course content and methodology (20) Price (20 marks).

Please note that both an electronic version and paper version of your submission will be required.

Please also ensure that specifications are not bound and that programmes are priced individually with a price listed per programme. 

Regarding Certified Training, applicants must detail exactly what type and level of Certification will apply, and outline the cost of certification per participant where appropriate.

The deadline for receipt of completed specifications by e-mail and post is Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 12.00p.m.

Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.

Specifications must be marked ‘Training 2017’ and addressed as follows:

Local Enterprise Office Leitrim

Aras an Chontae,

Carrick on Shannon

e-mail to be addressed to: nicola.mcmanus@leitrimcoco.ie

 

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