Congratulations to the participants from the Enterprise Skills Programme (May to August Group) on their Graduation August 2022


Names as per last group pic:

Standing (L to R)
Monica Butchart, Mary Hickey, Gary Fitzpatrick, Cinira Fernandes, Julie Byrne & Joanna Goldfinch
Bending down Front (L to R)
Deirdre Ryan, Sandra Langowska & Paula O’Connor – Co-Ordinator

We also had Aishling Farrell & two other participants took part – Anthony Piercy & Rosemary Noonan

Next Programme recruiting NOW ! For September 2022 

Contact: or on 086-0210160



What is the Enterprise Skills Programme:

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