Congratulations to the Business Skills Program participants (May-August group) on graduating last month.

The 14-week Self-Employment Start-Up Program is a specialist Community Employment (CE) program sponsored by the County Kildare Leader Partnership and funded by the Department of Employment and Social Care.

It’s for those who have a clear business idea and need to learn the skills and knowledge to start their own business.

The program covers:

market research, sales and marketing

– basic accounting and financial planning

– customer service and introduction to social media for small businesses

– explore the realities of self-employment (manage time and stress)

– production of the professional integration allowance notebook with a view to applying for the BTWEA scheme.

Participants enjoyed group training days alongside mentoring throughout the 14 weeks – these individual mentoring sessions are with an accountant, marketing expert and the ESP coordinator.

Learners are expected to participate 19.5 hours per week, which includes time spent developing their business plan workbook.

They also have the option of acquiring QQI or industry standard training to improve their skills.

They are recruiting now for the next scheme (September) – to be eligible you need to be in receipt of an appropriate social allowance and be registered with your local employment service.

Participants will also need basic computer skills and an ‘excellent’ level of spoken English.

As this program is a CE program, transfers from other CE programs are possible for suitable candidates.

For more information, contact 086 0210160 or [email protected]