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Employability, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (e3)

Employability, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise (e3)


e3 is a forward thinking initiative designed to become a unique hub for innovation and business support. Our students, school children, community organisations, business owners and staff will share access to the building and its resources. All activities delivered at e3 will support innovative practice and build business capacity

The college will promote a wide range of enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship activities at this building.

This 5000sqm building is an exemplar in the use of renewable and sustainable energies and will be located on the Springfield Road adjacent to Belfast Metropolitan College’s Millennium Community Outreach Centre.

The major equipped facilities planned for the building reflect the needs of key business and industry clusters targeted for growth in the Belfast area.

Area(s) of Expertise

The Zones

  • Zone 1 The Digital Content and Media Zone
    • The media facilities will be fully soundproofed  and include a recording studio with retractable seating for 80, a mixed media and news studio, a radio studio, a production control room, sound and vision control room , audio and post production facilities , a 3d animation suite, changing Facilities and a green room.
  • Zone 2 The Technology Zone
    • A renewable’s workshop will accommodate the test and demonstration of renewable’s such as solar panels, combined heat and power units and wind turbines. Manufacturing and engineering facilities included a composites workshop, a rapid prototyping area and light current and product development workshops focused on programmable logic and control, multimedia and software engineering.
  • Zone 3 Flexible teaching & Learning Zone
    • A large open plan learning space will be at the centre of the building. This fully Wi-fi area will have flexible furniture and  can be configured and re-configured to accommodate teams working collaboratively in a supervised environment. Breakout spaces and meeting rooms are also available.
  • Zone 4 Catering Zone
    • Facilities include a training kitchen and a real working environment kitchen fully equipped to industry standard.
  • Zone 5 Incubation Zone
    • This includes a fully resourced “hatchery” where business ideas can be researched and supported and nine incubation units equipped with basic office furniture and IT equipment.
  • Zone 6 Training and Meeting Zone
    • A suite of 6 fully equipped professional training rooms one of which will be a dedicated Apple Training suite.
  • Zone 7 Roof Zone
    • The roof will house the college solar panels and water storage and will be used as a learning facility for environmental and technology students.

Who will use the facilities?

  • Businesses and community representatives will have managed access to the campus and to the full range of technical facilities and the talents and skills of the Belfast Metropolitan College staff and students. Local businesses will have the opportunity to use the building for workforce oriented training, including pre-employment training in areas such as manufacturing, electronics, software engineering and multi-media. Businesses will also be able to access industry specific bespoke training, applied R&D, proto typing, project based activity and will be able to hire facilities at the building.
  • Higher level students at Belfast Metropolitan College will work closely with local businesses to deliver employer led projects.  Students will work in small teams and spend the equivalent of 6 weeks working at e3. They will have access to all the equipment based training facilities on a bookable basis. Students will be introduced to innovative thinking and encouraged to take creative approaches to solving real business challenges. Through the delivery of projects students will develop core employability skills including communication skills, team work, problem solving, negotiation, project planning and presentation skills.
  • The facilities will also be used to support schools to achieve the goals of the revised curriculum and entitlement framework. School students will have access to the equipment based training facilities. BMC will deliver innovative training programmes designed to enhance employability and enterprise skills and encourage progression to higher level education. Schools curriculum may be delivered within the focus of project based learning.
  • Students interested in self employment will be supported to launch innovative business ventures and will have access to a full range of resources including booked access to the equipped areas and the opportunity to have students develop projects for them.
  • The College will deliver its Knowledge Transfer Programme from the building and both the graduate placement students and the partner companies can use the facility as a support base for KTP.

What is on offer?

Businesses will have access to the following facilities:

  • Film Studio with no seats.
  • Film studio with seats.
  • Animation suite.
  • Music Studio.
  • Post production facilities.
  • Hire of full Digital content, film and animation facility.

Training Options

Examples of Training courses which will be available are outlined below. These will be delivered in various formats either as a Company specific course or a public course.

  • Use of equipment.
    • Digital Film making course.
    • Capturing, editing and formatting skills for on-line environments.
    • Multi Studio Camera Operations.
    • Camera and Lighting DV/HDV.
    • Visual effects and 3D modelling
  • Relevant industry software.
    • Final Cut Pro.
    • Maya.
    • Flash Animation.
    • Quark.
    • Adobe Creative suite of software.
    • Acrobat.
    • Nuke.

  • Training to join the industry.
    • Basic TV Presenting.
    • From Concept to Pitch: Programme Pre-production.
    • Directing for Drama.
    • Documentary Filmmaking course.
    • Legal issues for filmmakers.
    • Broadcast Animation Production.
    • Introduction to gaming.
  • ICT Training Course
    • Android/iphone for mobiles.
    • Android/iphone for Tablets.
    • HMTL 5.
    • Web services.
    • Security for mobile devices.
    • Introduction to Java.
    • Introduction to C#.
    • Introduction to C++.
    • Introduction to PHP.
    • Introduction to .NET e.
    • Best practice in Software Testing.
    • Introduction to Python.
    • Introduction to LINUX.
    • ITIL for businesses.
    • Prince2.
    • The use of social media to grow businesses.


Belfast Metropolitan College

Key word(s)

Digital Technologies

Project Funding

We have access to a range of potential funding mechanisms to support your business collaborate with this project including

ktp Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are based on partnerships between academic groups and companies who need access to skills and knowledge in order to innovate. The academic and industrial partners jointly devise and manage a two or three year programme to achieve the advances the company needs. This programme of work is carried out in the company by a KTP Associate and the resulting relationship can be very challenging and rewarding to all parties
4k-vouchers Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small Northern Ireland enterprises to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. The programme provides a voucher of up to £4000 to enable small enterprises to engage with one of the 41 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
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