About Empowering Enterprise

Empowering Enterprise has been funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. It was actively supporting young people up until Summer 2020 when the project came to an end. Petroc’s partnership used the funding to deliver a unique project for 18 to 24 year olds who faced the biggest barriers to getting into work, education or training. Empowering Enterprise worked with over 650 of the most socially-excluded young people in Devon to equip them with skills for life and work giving them the confidence to find a path to a brighter future. 


  • Partnership Led by Petroc, a Further Education College in Devon, Empowering Enterprise was delivered by a partnership of organisations with a wide range of expertise and experience in working with young people across the South West. By working closely together and sharing best practice we encouraged a joined-up approach that works as much for the participant as for our partners and the communities involved. We did this to create a more sustainable and resilient community for our young people. Find out more about our partnership here.


  • Programme Empowering Enterprise operated across Devon including Plymouth and Torbay. The delivery of the project started with one to one support from a mentor who helped the young person to identify what they needed to achieve and how they would do this. For many this then progressed onto small group sessions to build skills like teamwork, resilience and leadership. 


  • People Empowering Enterprise also worked hard to challenge issues related to gender equality and equal opportunities to champion diversity in Devon. In doing this we developed links with a number of local organisations who support women and the LGBTQ+ community, and we also supported young people to learn about and advocate for greater equality on a number of other issues such as mental health and disability awareness including autism.


  • Planet Empowering Enterprise had a clear commitment to sustainability so we did as much as we could to: monitor our carbon footprint; encourage greener methods of travel; and look for ways of making Devon’s communities more sustainable. Young people learned about energy economy in the home, got stuck into litter picks and beach cleans, and learned to cook with charities who use waste food to create delicious meals for local groups.