Be Your Own Boss

Be Your Own Boss

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These courses are provided free for Derbyshire (UK) residents

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Are you unemployed and thinking about self-employment? We can provide the advice and guidance you’ll need to get started.

Approximate course length:

This is a TWO day course

Wednesday and Thursday

9:30 am to 12noon, and 1pm to 3pm

You must attend all sessions

This course is for:

Anyone 19+ exploring the idea of starting their own small business and earning less than £16,000 per annum or unemployed.

You will learn:

Key considerations of starting a business

• Preparations before you start

• Managing money, accessing funding

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom so you will be part of a live class, with a tutor, but with everyone doing the course in their own home. There will be chance to ask questions and you will be given the support you require for your individual development.

Your tutor will give you feedback via a one to one session arranged after the course and you will be able to self-assess.

Work outside of sessions:

This is not required, though we hope you will want to put what you have learned into practice.

You may be given tasks or activities to practise or prepare between sessions.

Additional costs and what to prepare:

This course is offered free of charge and there are no other costs.

You will need either a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other computer with internet access to take part in this Zoom session. Please make sure you test your video and sound system before the session starts.

To download information about your course visit:

Be Your Own Boss Key Course Information

How to access your course:

You will be sent an email at least 24 hours before your Zoom course is due to start with joining instructions.

Progression from this course:

You may wish to progress to our follow on course ‘Passport to Enterprise’.

Discuss your next steps with your tutor.

For further information on our Autumn term programme or on the additional support we offer visit:


Before booking onto this course, please read the Derbyshire Adult Education Learner Entitlement

When you book onto the course you need to provide Personal Information. To see the privacy notice issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Education (DfE), please visit Education and Skills Funding Agency privacy notice: April 2019

What can you expect from DACES?

Safeguarding and Prevent

Whilst on our on-line courses you can expect a safe space, free from abuse, bullying, discrimination or threat. Click on the following link for more information: Safeguarding and Prevent

If you have any concerns/queries regarding safeguarding/prevent please report these to your tutor or email:

Further information:

Due to the coronavirus outbreak our adult community education centres are currently closed. We are working hard on our Autumn programme and our brochure/ bookings will be available from the beginning of August. For further information visit our website or Facebook:

Adult Community Education Website – Derbyshire County Council


Or sign up for our newsletter

Adult Community Education Newsletter

We wish you every success with your course. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments or enquiries at

Careers Support:

National Careers Service

Do you need help to discover your digital skills and to look for online learning/courses?

Derbyshire County Council National Careers Service offers information, advice and guidance to adults on employment and learning.

Our staff are:

• Experienced and qualified to a minimum of Level 4 in Information,

Advice and Guidance

• Friendly, supportive and adaptable to learner needs

• Impartial and able to advise on and refer to a wide range of local provision

During the COVID-19 outbreak our centres are closed for face-to-face appointments, but we’re still offering impartial information, advice and guidance in other ways. Support will be available via telephone, Skype, text and / or email.

Please get in contact with your local Careers Coach as listed below:

Chesterfield (Dronfield/Staveley/Alfreton/Eckington) contact Wendy Leigh 07717 303855

Derbyshire Dales (Matlock/Ashbourne/Belper) contact Yvonne Power 07967 308873

Erewash/South Derbyshire (Ilkeston/Long Eaton/Heanor/Swadlincote) contact Chris Ellerington 07896 804096

High Peak (Buxton/Glossop/New Mills) contact Sarah Kelly 07967 391263

North East Derbyshire (Clay Cross/Bolsover/Shirebrook) contact Becky Stancill 07767 670797

For impartial information, advice and guidance on careers and learning visit or ask about the support available from your local Careers Coach

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