Summer weather, outdoor celebrations and graduation from the latest round of the Enterprise Skills Programme,

This is Paula’s current Enterprise Skills Programme group (10th May – 13th August inclusive), on their final graduation day which was held on 11th August 2021, in a socially distanced ceremony in Kildare town.

Teach Dara Community & Family Centre, Kildare Town,  kindly allowed the group to use their outside space & went to great effort by  putting up gazebos, arranging chairs, putting tables out & leaving tea, coffee etc ready. Paula was very thankful for the kind help and assistance to make the event a very special one for the whole group

Paula said “The CKLP cupcakes were made by one of the participants – Timea McEvoy, all edible, she is working on establishing a cake business, and we wish her the very best of luck the buns were delicious and enjoyed by all her classmates” 

Participants from this course: Conggratulations to All !
Graeme McBrearty
John Fogarty
Andrew Weir
Laura McMahon
Grace Flood
Azlinda Binti A. Aziz
Timea McEvoy and Mikaela McDonnell

The next programme begins in September and Paula is currently recruiting participants currently


What is the Enterprise Skills Programme and How do I join?

This 14 week self-employment starter programme is a specialised Community Employment Scheme that is Sponsored by County Kildare Leader Partnership and funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

What is the Enterprise Skills Programme?                

It is a self-employment starter programme for those with a clear business idea who need to gain the skills and knowledge around starting their own business.

What do the participants get?

  • Group training days

  • Mentoring throughout the 14 weeks. These one to one mentoring sessions are with an Accountant, a Marketing expert and the ESP coordinator

How does it work?

  • This specialised Community Employment scheme requires learners to participate for 19.5 hrs a week, over 14 weeks.

  • 2 days per week for group training with qualified professionals offering essential business skills training such as finance and marketing.

  • The reminder of the 19.5 will be spent developing their business plan workbook.

  • Participants will also have the opportunity to gain relevant QQI or industry standard training to enhance their skills.


  • Must be in receipt of a relevant Social Welfare Payment

  • Must be registered with your Local Employment Service


Additional information

  • Will need to have basic computer skills and an excellent level of spoken English.

  • As this programme is a CE scheme transfers from other CE schemes are possible for suitable candidates.

What’s covered on the Programme

  • 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

For further information contact:

Paula on – or Call her on 086-0210160