The SWIFT project was originally funded by the Government Equalities Office and is run in partnership with ESCC and local charity Sound Architect. The funding was secured by the e-Sussex Broadband Team to support skills development linked to the East Sussex County Council broadband infrastructure project currently underway. Katy Thomas, Economic Development Manager and Programme Lead said: “Better digital connectivity is essential to enable the county to be competitive in a 24 hour global economy. We are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity to support entrepreneurial women, who are an under-represented group in East Sussex, to bring their business ideas to fruition. Not only will it give them the skills and knowledge they need, but also, the confidence to take the plunge by working alongside like-minded women through a sustainable skills development programme, contributing strongly to economic growth in East Sussex.”
The Swift project aims to support self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by taking advantage of faster and more reliable Broadband to enhance their digital and business skills. The programme consists of modular and flexible training sessions which focus on delivering IT and business/personal training. Sessions are completely free and alongside the training, participants will also be able to attend regular peer to peer groups to share knowledge and experience with the support of a business mentor.
Personal development is a key part of this programme and participants will learn to continually plan, act, review and evaluate as their chosen pathways develop, skills which can be used in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.
In 2017, Sound Architect was successful in achieving funding through the NatWest Skills & Opportunities fund to continue the Swift legacy with a new project centred in Hastings… read more
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