On 13 August, it saw the ending of the First (of many) Enterprise Skills Programmes by Paula O’Connor – the new Co-Ordinator.

Their last official day on the programme was August 14th and they celebrated with a certificate presentation and a socially distanced lunch where some of them got to meet each other for the first time – since the programme had begun during Covid restrictions.

This group had 13 participants all with various business ideas. They were supported on their journey by Paula, (Co-Ordinator), Siobhan Doody-King (SICAP Employment Support Worker (Previously Business Development Co-Ordinator), and Mary Minogue – Employment Support Worker.

Over the course of the 14 week programme the participants expanded their Business Idea and learned new skills in:

  • Market research, Sales & Marketing

  • Basic Book- keeping & Financial planning,

  • Customer service and Introduction to social media for small business

  • Exploring the realities of Self Employment: managing your time and your stress

  • Completion of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Workbook in preparation of applying for the BTWEA scheme

Paula had a wonderful ending to this programme and said –

“The participants adapted quickly to an online format, demonstrating their resilience and their feedback on the course was extremely positive.  I’m really looking forward to the next programme which begins now in September – it is a quick turnaround and I am glad that the group got great value from the course, it was really lovely to have everyone together for the last day, and to be able to meet in person to present their certificates. I want to thank my Colleagues Siobhan and Mary for their support on this programme and look forward to working together going forward”

To Find out more about the programme please see: https://www.countykildarelp.ie/EnterpriseSkillsProgramme 

and you can contact paula@countykildarelp.ie

County Kildare LEADER Partnership are the host organisation for the programme and it is funded by Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection