Enterprise & Employment Supports

Enterprise Supports

We support long term unemployed people referred by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) to set up their own business through one to one support, pre enterprise training and mentoring.  We help suitable and eligible clients through the process of applying for the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA & STEA).

Advice and Supports

We offer one to one advice and information for long term unemployed people setting up in business or exploring self employment as a career option. Following referral from the DSP, you will meet with our Enterprise Support Worker who will discuss your business idea in full and offer advice and guidance.
Leonard Jackson - Complete Carpet Care

Leonard Jackson – Complete Carpet Care

Pre Enterprise Training

Pre-Enterprise training is a three day training programme that covers the essentials of running a business such as tax returns, financial projections, pricing & costing, marketing, and book keeping.  It is also helps those who need support in fine-tuning their business idea. We also sponsor a 26 week Business Development Programme.
Aphrodite Delights

Aphrodite Delights

Events and Workshops
We run various themed workshops and networking events for established enterprise clients on topics of their choosing throughout the year.  Previous seminars have included special expert speakers and trainers on topics such as sales, marketing, self assessment/tax returns and social media.
To apply for the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme:
  • All applicants must first meet with their local Case Officer in the Department of Social Protection for referral to the County Kildare LEADER Partnerships Enterprise Worker for a meeting.
  • Full time engagement as self-employed for the purpose of making all appropriate returns relevant to the business (e.g. income tax/PRSI/VAT etc) and must confirm that they are aware of their obligations to make annual returns to the Revenue Commissioners in this regard or more regular returns where appropriate (e.g. VAT).
  • Applicants must also put in place Public Liability / Professional Indemnity where required if accepted onto the scheme.
  • Copies of all relevant qualifications/licences/permits/registration/accreditation and any other relevant documentation to the business (e.g. lease agreements, partnership agreements etc.) in relation to the proposed business must be provided.
  • Applicants in receipt of Rent Supplement or Mortgage Interest Supplement should check with their Community Welfare Officer in their Local Health Centre to see how this supplementary payment will be affected by participating in the scheme.
The following documents must be completed in detail and submitted for processing for the BTWEA/STEA
(All documents will be handed out once you attend your first initial meeting at our offices regarding the BTWEA).
  • Business Plan Workbook (template provided must be typed).
  • Financial Projections – Breakdown of Start-up costs / Profit & Loss / Cash flow. and source of funding. Min. 1 year projections to be included. (typed document)
  • The STEA or BTWEA form must be completed in black pen.
  • TR1 for a Sole Trader or Partnership must be completed or a TR2 for a Limited Company (including proof of director) to be completed.
  • or if already registered with Revenue, proof of registration must be provided.
  • Business name registration (if applicable).
  • Evidence that the business idea has been researched and potentially work lined up
 Contact Mary on 045 895450 or email mary@countykildarelp.ie

Employment Supports

Non Accredited Training

Employment Through Sports

A non-accredited training programme for those with a special interest in sports. Modules include FAI and GAA certified training as well as a variety of sports activities, coaching skills and career development.

Athy Sports Leaders with Niall Quinn

 Contact: Geraldine on geraldine@countykildarelp.ie or phone 045 895450

 Career Skills Programme

Introductory courses for the long term unemployed to examine their skills and opportunities for future employment in a group setting, and to work on improving their employability. Participants learn the essentials of team building, motivation & goal setting, job searching and developing a C.V. as well as specific skills sampling.
Contact: bernieh@countykildarelp.ie or phone 045 895450

Accredited Training

Local Training Initiative – Athy Retail Skills

Now Enrolling to commence 24th June 2019


 The Athy Training Centre provides fulltime training for QQI Level 4 Major Award in Retail Skills over a period of 38 weeks
The aim of this programme is to provide learners with the opportunity to excel at retail skills such as stock control and till operation, interpersonal and communication skills and IT competence in order to progress into employment in the retail sector or continue further training.
They offer an interactive learning experience along with the training to empower you to gain a job in the retail market.
For further information contact Josephine or Bernie on 059 8640945 or by email athytechnology@gmail.com


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point is a basic training programme in food safety management system based on identifying and controlling hazards that could pose a threat to the production of safe food.


Contact: Geraldine on geraldine@countykildarelp.ie or phone 045 895450

Safe Pass

Safe Pass is health and safety awareness training programme enabling people to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others.

Hard Hat

Contact Geraldine on 045 895450 or email geraldine@countykildarelp.ie