Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. launches Cork’s Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE)

foroigeadmin June 12, 2018
Press release                      12/06/2018
Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. launches Cork’s Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE)

Young people in Cork to gain youth entrepreneurship programme


Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. has launched the Foróige NFTE Programme in Cork, in the Republic of Work on Monday evening, 11th June 2018. NFTE is a youth entrepreneurship programme, which has been shown to improve the business, academic and life skills of young people.

The Foróige NFTE Programme is in operation in 10 other counties across the country. Two-year funding from basis.point is making it possible, for the first time ever, to have this impactful programme available to young people in Cork.

Declan O’Leary, Foróige Area Manager Cork, said, “thanks to the generous support of basis.point, Foróige aims to reach 200 young people in twelve youth settings and schools around the Cork area. Already, NFTE sites are up-and-running or due to start, in areas such as Mayfield, Knocknaheeny, Farranree, Mallow, Mitchelstown and Fermoy. There’s huge enthusiasm for it, and we are so very grateful to everyone for their support.

“This programme has multiple positive impacts on the young people who take part in it. From business acumen to Leadership skills, confidence and better communication, this programme encourages young people to think big, aim high and most of all believe in their own ability to achieve great things.”


Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director basis.point, said “this transformative youth programme will enable Cork young people to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to work towards a better future for themselves and their families.

“NFTE is special because it provides the young people involved with so many amazing opportunities. They receive a seed grant to start their business; visit wholesalers; engage with entrepreneurs & community leaders; work with corporate business mentors; sell their products at Trade Fairs; prepare a business plan and present it to judges at competitions.

“We are delighted to support Foróige in this endeavour, and look forward to watching innovation and entrepreneurship blossom amongst Cork’s young people.”


Tániste Simon Coveney, T.D. said “This is exciting news for Cork that will give young people the opportunity to learn skills for business and for life.  Ireland needs entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking and thanks to the partnership between Foróige and basis.point we can look forward to great things to come from the young people of Cork. I commend all of the young entrepreneurs who have taken part in the Foróige NFTE programme so far for their fearless attitude, drive and enthusiasm to carve out their own futures, while also developing worthwhile products and services.” 



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About NFTE

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised youth entrepreneurship education and development programme.

Involvement in the NFTE programme has been shown to improve the business, academic and life skills of young people. Foróige NFTE is committed to changing the lives of young people by enabling them to develop core skills in business and enterprise, and in doing so help them to unlock their individual talents and potential. Foróige NFTE operates in-school and out-of-school programmes, both of which have been shown to be successful in increasing school completion and college attendance rates. 

The Foróige NFTE programme is new to Cork and made possible through the valued support of basis.point - an initiative of the Irish Funds Industry.


About basis.point

The aim of basis.point is to make a real contribution to improving educational opportunities for those in need in Ireland, particularly young people.

We do this by providing grants to charities to fund programmes and initiatives that focus on education and which aim to make a sustainable and tangible difference to those living in poverty.


About Foróige

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with over 50,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually, through a network of more than 650 youth clubs & cafés, 160 targeted projects and national programmes such as Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Health & Wellbeing, Citizenship and Entrepreneurship.