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The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) was founded in 2010 creating the first dedicated professional learning institute specialising in business enterprise and business support, a standing still enjoyed to this day within the UK.

The Institute’s programmes and qualifications are built on the extensive research that underpins the SFEDI® National Occupational Standards and the expertise of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, the UK’s only professional Institute dedicated to enterprise.

As an accredited IOEE Academy, we provide development and professional programmes recognised as the benchmark for high-quality, bespoke in-house enterprise training.  Designed to be flexible to meet the wide range of demand within enterprise learning, we recognise the needs of industry to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial individuals to support the sustainability and growth of business and the wider community.

National Enterprise Standards

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Enterprise were developed in consultation with the enterprise sector and originally approved by the UK Regulatory bodies (UKCES, QCA, SQA, ACCAC and QCA NI).

They are intended as an overview of the competencies required to fulfil the tasks required when thinking about, starting, running or growing your own business or supporting these aims. The NOS are not designed to describe specific roles; role definitions are normally based on a number of the functions, as defined within a functional map, and therefore a number of the standards. There is no expectation, therefore, that a job role would encompass all the performance requirements across every standard, rather that specific jobs utilise appropriate standards.

The standards do not equate directly to qualifications, but are used to derive relevant competency qualifications in enterprise.

The standards have been devised based on best practice for the definition of NOS. Each comprises a number of performance criteria which an individual should demonstrate to be competent in the sector. Each standard also has underpinning knowledge and understanding, although in the NOS there is not an immediate and direct relationship between an individual performance criterion and a knowledge and/or understanding statement; the latter underpin the whole of the standard.

Mission Statement 

The IOEE has been established to:

  • promote and develop in every possible way the advancement of the science, practice and support of enterprise, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

  • advance education involving the study of skills of enterprise and enterprise support for the benefit of the community in the fields of industry, trade, commerce, the public sector, social enterprise and the third (voluntary) sector

  • encourage the education, training and recognition in all matters relevant to the advancement of enterprise and enterprise support

  • encourage and facilitate structured continuing professional development of Members

  • enable people involved in enterprise to meet and correspond and to facilitate the exchange of ideas concerning the science and practice of enterprise

  • adopt and establish standard practices in enterprise and enterprise support and obtain official recognition of such standard practices where appropriate

For further information about the institute, please visit the IOEE website here.

Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs

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