Thursday, July 29, 2010

Entrepreneurs of the future visit women's enterprise centre site



BUDDING young entrepreneurs of the future donned hard hats to see for themselves the progress being made on the £5.3m Women’s International Centre for Economic Development (WICED) being built in Liverpool.

Children and parents from St Cecilia’s Catholic Infants and Nursery Primary School in Tuebrook visited the site in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool to experience first hand the exciting new development due to open later this year.

The centre, the first of its kind globally, is being developed by Liverpool women’s enterprise organisation Train 2000. It will help female entrepreneurs launch and development their businesses, as well as housing an international research centre.

“It is fantastic to see so many children and their parents visiting the site to see how work is progressing,” said Maggie O’Carroll, chief executive of WICED.

“The centre will be fantastic when it opens and we hope that by seeing it being built, children and their parents will realise the incredible investment being made in their city. We also hope that it will help to raise their aspirations for the future and realise that anything is possible.”

Train 2000 has been working successfully with St Cecilia’s Infants School since March as part of its ‘School Gates’ project. The project involves workers from Train 2000 making links with parents at the school gate to help them to widen their career options, increase their confidence and consider self employment as a way forward.
Elizabeth van de Waal, head teacher at St Cecilia’s Infants School, said: “Everyone has been very excited about visiting the WICED site; it is a lovely opportunity to see the development first-hand and will really bring the project alive for our children and their parents.

“We plan to study the economic world and the importance of enterprise during the next academic year and visiting the site of a centre which will be completely devoted to women’s enterprise fits in perfectly.”

She added: “We are also delighted with the ‘School Gates’ project and feel that Train 2000 has made a fantastic contribution to our school by engaging with parents in such a positive way.”

The ‘School Gates Enterprise Project’ is being administered by Liverpool Vision. Head of Enterprise Nicola Gleave commented: “This project is really important as it is crucial that we engage children in order to inspire future entrepreneurship.”
Work on WICED is expected to be completed by December 2010 – providing a multitude of services to women throughout the region and creating thousands of jobs over the coming years.

It is being developed by Train 2000, following a £2.4 million investment from the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme – part of a £5.3 million finance package.

The ERDF programme is backed by the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC) – a group of senior representatives from across the region. The group was formed to monitor, oversee and advise on the delivery of the programme and improved invaluable to the development of the new fund.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more should contact Train 2000 on 0151 236 6601 or email info@train2000.org.uk. Alternatively visit the web site at www.train2000.org.uk

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