The Exxcel programme which is due to begin in September will be a flexible part time programme which will run for six months and allow women in these sectors the opportunity to develop and progress their business idea while staying in the workforce. CIT, Rubicon Centre and Enterprise Ireland are the initial partners on the programme.
A unique approach has been developed for the programme which will allow these potential entrepreneurs to focus on driving their idea from concept to reality. This approach uses knowledge experts who will transfer their expertise and experience to participants primarily on a one to one basis. The Exxcel programme will initially carry out a needs analysis on participants and will offer part time, focused modular and mentoring learning experiences as well as the opportunity to meet and share in the experiences of existing entrepreneurs.
The high level of one to one mentoring will be tailor made to meet each individual’s knowledge and experience gaps. It is hoped that on completion, participants will be in a position
to move on to the next stage of their business development.
The Rubicon Centre has engaged a full time resource to manage the programme which will leverage the CIT Eco System and other regional and national supports. Exxcel Programme Manager Kathleen Fitton said, "I am delighted at the prospect of working on this programme. This will provide women with the opportunity to fulfil their true potential and enable them to set up their business and generate employment.”
The experience of the existing Rubicon team will be used to ensure the success of this initiative.
The Rubicon Centre is now accepting applications from interested participants online at www.rubiconcentre.ie