West is Best! Young Entrepreneurs in West Wales

csgColeg Sir Gâr is a large, multi-site further education college in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It has approximately 10,000 learners of which some 3,000 are full-time and 7,000 are part-time. There are approximately 950 higher education learners and the college has been part of the University of Wales since August 2013.

Coleg Sir Gâr has a range of academic, vocational education and training programmes. These range from pre-entry to postgraduate level. It offers further education, adult and community learning, higher education and work based learning. It also provides for large numbers of 14-16 school pupils who attend the college or are taught by college staff at their schools. It is also a Virtual College, one of the UK’s most successful and award winning online education providers.

In addition to further education qualifications in Business Administration and Apprenticeships, Those looking for higher education qualifications will find that they offer BA (Hons), FdA and HND courses in Business Management.

Those interested in distance learning can access a huge range of short business courses including Business Skills, Administration, Compliance, Management, Customer Service, Employability & Recruitment, People Management, Project Management, Self-employment, Social Media Marketing and Staff Development Courses via the Virtual College platform.

The college also offers an excellent range of courses for those already ‘living the dream’ through their Business Development and Innovation Portal. Here, existing business owners and entrepreneurs can expand and develop their skill repertoire by targeting courses identified by a needs analysis survey of the business or as part of a staff development programme.

The college is incredibly active in the field of education innovation and provides excellent opportunities and support for budding entrepreneurs. Initiatives include formal and informal schemes such as the Global Enterprise Challenge, Coleg Sir Gâr’s Apprentice Competition, HE Enterprise Symposium, West Wales Dragons Competition, Big Ideas Wales Role Models, Start Up Workshops, Self-employment workshops,1:1 Mentoring, Global Enterprise Week and Enterprise Ambassadors.

beacon-bursary300The highly contested Beacon Bursary is a huge draw for young business people. The competition is specifically targeted at anyone who has aspirations of starting up in business. Young would-be entrepreneurs in Carmarthenshire are put through their paces at a bootcamp to prepare them for the challenges of the Beacon Bursary competition.

Demand for the Beacon Bursary Bootcamp, organised by Carmarthenshire County Council and Coleg Sir Gâr, is so great that it has to be held across two venues to accommodate the huge demand for places! The Beacon Bursary prize for the most successful entrepreneurs is a start-up package that includes six months free rent at an incubation unit in the Beacon Centre for Enterprise with an invaluable mentoring and support team.


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