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We have brought together a partnership that has the capacity to support unemployed people across Dorset, using community enterprise to address the barriers many people face to get into training or work. We intend to do this by providing an accessible, community based, test and learn approach, using community enterprise to build confidence and longer-term change.

The programme will work creatively with groups and individuals from varied backgrounds to support them on a life-changing journey towards employment by delivering enterprise design, test and learn coaching & training. This flexible approach will aim to provide an alternative to mainstream employment which many of our participants will never have experienced. Providing embedded employment and enterprise skills within a community setting encouraging creative thinking and opportunity development.

We will engage and support through the programme the hardest to reach unemployed or economically inactive people.

Programme Delivery

Deliver the “Team Challenge” to groups of participants based in their community setting. The “Challenge” will include assessment of a community need, design an enterprise around that need and launch the enterprise for one day.

Delivery of one to one self-employment, enterprise support. This will be based around the nurturing and development of an enterprise idea, business planning, predicting budgets, start-up costs and potential start-up funding opportunities for the individual. 

Programme Targets

26 moving into education or training 21 people moving from unemployment into employment including self-employment
41 people moving into job search 75 people testing and enterprise idea
30 people starting an enterprise. Working with 300 participants across Dorset

If you would like to take part or refer onto the programme please contact:

Paul Seaman -  Enterprise Programme Manager

Tel: 01305 216411

Mobile: 07421994587

[email protected]

The BBO project has received £579500 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit;