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In a change to the previously promoted course, Forth Environment Link is now offering places on an ILM Level 2 Certificate in Enterprise. This course replaces, and is an upgrade to the ILM Level 2 Award in Exploring Business Enterprise.

The course, run in conjunction with SRUC Elmwood Campus in Fife, is suitable for anyone wanting to set up a business or diversifying an existing business relating to orchards and orchard fruit. The tutor for the course will be David Rankin, Training Associate at SRUC Elmwood Campus.

The course is open to anyone in the Central Scotland Green Network area, although priority will go to applicants from Clackmannanshire, Falkirk or Stirling Local Authority areas.

The course, which is a project of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, is a contribution towards developing the economic potential of Forth Valley’s orchards, and aims to offer individuals the opportunity to explore the implications of working for themselves and start planning and preparing for the practical and personal challenges of launching their new business. Please note that the focus of the course will be on exploring business rather than specifically on orchards.

The course syllabus is available from here.

Course Structure

There are five mandatory units:-
• Assessing Own Suitability for Enterprise
• Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Requirement for Starting and Running Enterprise
• Understand How to Market and Sell a Product or Service
• Understanding the Financial Needs of an Enterprise
• Developing an Idea for a Product or Service

Course Delivery

There will be a two-hour induction, at least three hours tutorial support, and 33 Guided Learning Hours over a 10 week period.
Course Induction - Friday, 18 January 2013 from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.
Taught section – Starts Wednesday, 23 January 2013, from 2.00 – 5.00 pm, and then continues on Wednesdays until 27 March 2013.
All taught sessions will take place at the offices of Forth Environment Link, Earlsgate House, St Ninian’s Road, Stirling, FK8 2HE.

Course Funding

Participants are asked to contribute £100 towards course costs of £675, but there may be assistance available for those who require it. We would look at each request for assistance on a case-by-case basis.
If you are funding this £100 yourself, you may be eligible for financial support from SDS Individual Learning Accounts, with whom the course is registered. Applicants are encouraged to visit the ILA Scotland website to check eligibility and request an application pack.
If you are successful, we will ask you for payment by cheque or your bank details for direct payment by BACS. Payment must be made before the start of the course.

Deadline for Applications 

Application forms are available at http://bit.ly/QIAmOR, and the deadline for applications is Friday, 21 December 2012.

Further Information

If you are interested in receiving more information about the course, please contact Diane Alderdice, Project Co-ordinator (Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative), Forth Environment Link, Earlsgate House, St Ninian’s Road, Stirling, FK8 2HE, phone: 01786 449215, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The course is part-funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2012.