Capacity Ireland provides consultancy services for training and employment organisations, including bid writing, project management, centre accreditation and qualification development. Our staff team has an excellent track record in securing and managing European funding. We are able to support training organisations in achieving accredited centre status with recognised awarding bodies and can also facilitate development of bespoke qualifications in response to learner needs and employer requirements.
Our staff team has wide ranging experience across a wide range of key European funding programmes, including Erasmus+, European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Integration Fund (EIF) and Life+. We have an excellent track record of developing and submitting high quality funding applications that score highly and thus secure funding contracts for our clients. For example, our most recent Erasmus+ Key Action 1 application submitted in early 2016 scored 87.5%, one of the highest scores awarded in Ireland. Our staff team work with clients to identify suitable funding and develop funding applications based around projects and services designed around the needs and aspirations of their learners and service users. We provide a fully bespoke service and all applications are written 'from scratch' to ensure that they ethos, aims, key strengths and organisational capacity of the applicant organisation to ensure that, once funding is secured, the project is realistic, achievable and manageable. Bid writing services can be provided on the basis of a fee paid for development, writing submitting a funding application or 'no-win, no fee' arrangements with a either a small percentage of funding secured payable or an agreed ongoing role for Capacity Ireland - for example supporting the management and delivery of the proposed project.
We have a total of over 30 years experience of developing, managing and delivering European projects within our staff team and can support all aspects of project management. This can range from a comprehensive service providing all aspects of management throughout a project life-cycle to assistance with specific areas. For example: developing and implementing administrative and financial systems that evidence project activities and expenditure in line with the requirements of the relevant funding programme; training your staff in the management and administration of European projects; and preparing for audit. Project management services can be provided on the basis of an agreed rate for days worked by individual members of staff, fixed fees for specific pieces of work or even seconding our staff to your organisation to support longer term work.
Through our sister organisation, Capacity London, we are accredited to deliver vocational, literacy & numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications with City & Guilds, Trinity College London and Learning Resource Network. Each of these Awarding Bodies are recognised in the UK by Ofqual and the qualifications they accredit are recognised in Ireland via the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and NARIC Ireland (http://www.qqi.ie/Pages/Qualifications-Recognition-Service.aspx). We can support both new and existing training organisations in achieving Accredited Centre status with these Awarding Bodies, as well as a wealth of others in both Ireland and the UK. We can also facilitate qualification accreditation process to enable providers to expand their range of courses. Services include: developing policies, procedures and processes required for centre accreditation applications; development and submission of centre accreditation applications; and providing qualified and experienced staff to support key functions such as Internal Quality Assurance. Centre and qualification accreditation services are available on a fixed fee basis payable on achievement of accredited status.
Capacity Ireland is a partner in the ECVET for Community Development Strategic Partnership project funded by Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme. As part of this project we have worked with Learning Resource Network to develop the Level 3 Award in European Community Development, which was recognised by Ofqual in April 2016. This brand new qualification has been specifically designed to support learners interested in developing their career within Community Development in other European countries, especially people undertaking work experience or volunteering placements abroad. As a result, we are ideally placed to support training providers in developing new, bespoke qualifications that respond to the needs of their learners and the requirements of employers and - crucially - working with Awarding Bodies to accredit newly developed qualifications. Furthermore, forthcoming legislation in Ireland is due to come into force in 2017 that will enable QQI to recognise newly developed qualifications via a similar process to that followed by Ofqual in the UK and thus this is likely to become an exciting aspect of the work of the training and skill sector over the next few years. This is a new area of work for Capacity Ireland and so we are not yet in a position to offer fully developed consultancy services for qualification development but would certainly welcome discussions with any organisations or individuals interested in this area of work.
If you are interested in any of the services described above or simply in discussing any aspect of our work then please get in touch via the contact page of this website