Understanding Enterprise

SFEDI Level 1 Award in Understanding Enterprise

Are you looking to skill up and develop your career? Or thinking about starting your own business?

Sign up to Understanding Enterprise today to develop skills for life that will help you reach your goals. 

This fully funded course is free to anyone over 19 years old living in  Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham.


The Level 1 Award in Understanding Enterprise, is delivered by FIRST in partnership with Skills South Tyneside and North Of Tyne Combined Authority.

Whether you’re looking to gain employment, get a promotion, change career or startup and grow your own business, this course will develop your ideas and provide opportunities and resources to put your plans into action.

Throughout the programme, you will be supported, inspired and motivated to take positive action towards employment or self-employment.

What Can I Expect?

You will achieve a recognised qualification in Entrepreneurial skills. Based on the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp). These skills will help you recognise and make the most of opportunities and ideas to get you where you want to be. Find out more 

The course is delivered virtually and is open to everyone of all levels and abilities.

A personalised learning plan will be created for you and we will support any special requirements or additional needs you may have.

We offer tailored support with personal tutors, dedicated 1-2-1 time, drop ins and care calls.  

You can learn your way, with the option to complete the course as an intensive two day session or as bitesize classes; two hours, twice a week for three weeks.

The learning experience is based on interactive, tutor led sessions, and an opportunity to watch recordings to further support your independent learning.

You will complete a skill scan, which will identify the skills you want to develop, and you will build an online e-portfolio of evidence to gain your qualification. 


The Level 1 Award in Understanding Enterprise offers;

A Fun and innovative virtual learning making it easy to absorb the information and put your skills into practice with scenarios and real life situations.

A way to meet like-minded people, who may be in a similar situation, or have the same ambitions and goals.

The chance to gain hands on experience of speaking to businesses to strengthen your communication skills and build your confidence

The opportunity to develop meaningful business relationships with local employers in the sectors you’re interested in.

Expert advice from local entrepreneurs who will share secrets to their successes, and explain how they have overcome the same challenges you might be facing.


Whats next?

A progression support package which gives you access to:-

1 years FREE study membership to the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (RRP £175 per year!) which provides you with resources and information, access to funding and mentoring support.

Information on non-accredited work placements, to gain hands on experience and  put your skills into practice

Signposting to hotdesking facilities and access to equipment (Covid19 restrictions apply) giving you space away from home to think, work and collaborate

A 3 month skills audit to show you how much you have progressed and can provide information on other relevant free qualifications or services which may be of interest to you.

Regular updates on FIRST networking events, and business news from across the region by signing up to TALK and Get Started newsletter.

Our support doesn’t end when the course does. If you have any questions feel free to call us and if we can’t help you we will know someone who can, so will point you in the right direction for the relevant support or resources you may need


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