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Saint-Gobain Entrepreneurship Foundation

The Saint-Gobain Entrepreneurship Foundation is an initiative by Saint-Gobain, in association with the IOEE, CITB and Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The Foundation is part of Saint-Gobain’s “Support for Industry” initiative which is laid out in its CSR strategy. This includes a commitment to support small businesses in the construction industry in their efforts to grow and progress. It aims to help accelerate this growth in order to create thriving businesses that can meet the demands of a developing, dynamic and innovative construction industry.

Saint-Gobain is committed to tackling some of the biggest challenges facing our society. The construction industry in the UK and Ireland is suffering from a shortage of tradespeople and skilled workers. 120,000 new apprenticeships need to be created across the industry to help compensate the loss of 400,000 construction workers who will reach retirement age within the next five years.

What will the Entrepreneurship Foundation provide?

The Foundation will provide a range of FREE benefits for attendees, including:

  • Practical, hands-on training and an introduction to sustainable building systems, delivered by the Supply Chain Sustainability School and Saint-Gobain’s expert technical teams.
  • Business skills training delivered through the IOEE and CITB. This will include guidance on marketing, leadership and management, finance, innovation, and effective planning.
  • The training will take a blended approach with the online learning complimented by a short residential programme.
  • IOEE Professional Diploma in Developing and growing a Small Business.
  • Personal mentoring through Saint-Gobain and its professional network.
  • Connection to Saint-Gobain’s UK and Ireland businesses and access to Saint-Gobain product and service innovations.

Who can apply?

Places on the Entrepreneurship Foundation are limited, and will require commitment over the duration of the course (approx. 8 months). In order to get the most out of the Foundation it is essential that applicants are able to participate fully. Here are some initial criteria that all applicants should comply with.:

  • Be a limited company.
  • Have no more than 6 direct employees.
  • Be able and willing to commit the time required to complete the programme, including completing the online training qualification as well as attending the residential programme.
  • Have been trading with a Saint-Gobain business for 3 months or more.
  • Be in charge of the direction of your employees.
  • Have an aspiration and desire to significantly grow and develop your business.
  • Be passionate about sustainable construction methods and creating comfort for your customers in their homes.

Please note: Successful candidates will secure one place on the Foundation. We are only able to offer one place per limited company.

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Module content:

Module 1 – Achieving Work Objectives and Personal Needs

  • The overall aim of this module is to introduce the concept of objective setting. In addition the module considers a number of models and frameworks which can be used to support work life balance.

    Being able to analyse the business, its finances and plan for the future enables individuals to become focussed on appropriate goals. This module will guide individuals through the business planning process and will cover the fundamental accounting principles and concepts which link into plans.

  • In doing so the module will address the following questions:
    - What do people need to consider when allocating resources to jobs?
    - What is needed to develop a contingency plan?
    - What is needed to implement work plans?
    - How do people motivate others?
    - What is needed to achieve a work life balance?

Module 2 – Marketing Promotion and Social Media

  • The overall aim of this module is to review the processes and practices involved in the marketing and promotion of a business’s products and/or services. The module will consider what it is meant by marketing and the importance of marketing in running a small business.

    All of these factors affect the performance of the business. The module deals with how to achieve a steady flow of work by improving your market position and working through a plan to capitalise on it.

  • In doing so the module will explore:
    - What is the impact of the business environment on the decisions of a business?
    - What approaches can be used to research markets to identify customers for the business?
    - What approaches can be used to analyse customers and their needs?
    - What is the relationship between the value proposition of the business and the needs of the customers?
    - How social media can be effectively used to promote products and services.

Module 3 – Innovation and Growth

  • The overall aim of this module is to understand what is meant by innovation and to reflect on the skills required to be innovative in the role of a business owner. In addition the module reviews a number of frameworks which can be used to manage the introduction of innovations in a business.

  • The module will provide you with an opportunity to:
    - Understand what it is meant by innovation
    - Reflect on the ways of measuring the extent and nature of innovation
    - Identify ways of bringing forward innovations in a business
    - Identify ways of fostering innovation in a business
    - Reflect on how to review innovative activity in a business
  • Therefore, this module will enable you to identify opportunities for innovation in managing a business and review the processes and practices required to embed innovation in teh day-to-day operations.

Module 4 – Building Performance Gap

  • This module will discuss what the performance gap is, how it occurs, the issues that can arise from having a performance gap, and contains examples explaining how it can happen and how to avoid it.

Module 5 – Sustainability in Construction

  • This module provides an overview of sustainable construction. We will identify key themes which organisations need to consider when implementing or supporting sustainable construction activities. This module will support you in completing your sustainable supply chain school journey by ensuring you have a basic understanding of the “what, why and how” of sustainable construction.

Module 6 – Sustainability on Site

  • This module is aimed at those working directly on site for a major contractor, and what the common sustainability problems and opportunities are day to day. It also contains some handy problem-solving tips when addressed with these sustainability issues.

Module 7 – Finance and Money

  • The overall aim of this module is to review the processes and practices involved in managing the finances of a small business. The module will consider this from two perspectives: day-to-day running of the business and the strategic development of the business.

  • In doing so, the module will address the following questions:
    - What are the key financial needs and requirements of a small business?
    - What are the key sources of finance that can be used in managing and developing a small business?
    - What processes and practices can be used to manage the finances of a small business?
    - How can the financial performance of a small business be reviewed?

  • Therefore, the module will enable you to reflect on how to review the financial needs of your business as well as how to effectively plan and manage finances.

Module 8 – Managing Change

  • Th overall aim of this module is to introduce the concept of managing change and provide a review of the drivers of change in managing and running a business. In addition, the module reviews a number of frameworks that could be used by business owners in implementing a change initiative and reviewing its introduction.

  • In doing so, the module will address the following questions:
    - What do we mean by change?
    - What are the key drivers of change in different types of business?
    - What are the key stages or phases in the introduction of change in a business?
    - What influences the process of introducing change in a business?
  • Therefore, the workbook will enable you to identify opportunities for bringing forward change in the development of a business and develop plans to gain the support of others in introducing initiatives for change.

Module 9 – Leadership and Management

  • The overall aim of this module is to introduce and highlight the importance of effective leadership and management of others within a business. In addition, the module reviews a number of frameworks that could be used by business owners in developing their leadership and management knowledge and skills.

  • In doing so, the module will address the following questions:
    - What are the key skills and attributes needed to lead and manage people?
    - What do people need to be able to do to help you manage the business effectively?
    - What do you need to consider when engaging people to help you?
    - What is needed to effectively manage the performance of people within a small business?
    - What will you need to be aware of in terms of law when employing people?
  • Therefore, the module will enable you to develop understanding of the management and leadership skills needed to develop people, as well as to develop the skills to set performance targets for people working in a small business.
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