Self Employment as a Pathway to the Labour Market

The training took place over six week’s and was provided by Fitzwilliam Training & Consulting and funded by Waterford Leader Partnership/LCDP, Pobal and the Department of Social Protection. The course gave them an awareness of the requirements of self-employment and introduced them to some business basics. All participants were given the opportunity to fully explore a project idea and engaged with the tutors and others in the group to discuss and decide the best course of action going forward.


Due to current economic climate self-employment is seen as one of the major pathways to the labour market. Ms. O’Brien stated that “Self Employment is an area that the LCDP will continue to focus its supports to individuals. We have already seen a steady increase in the number of people pursing self-employment options under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme.” All enjoyed and benefited from the course and the training was invaluable in contributing to each participant being in a better position to make an informed decision as to self-employment.

Any individual who is thinking of self employment as an option please call Jillian O’Brien, Project Officer on 058 51504 for information on training and supports provided by the Local Community Development Programme and Waterford LEADER Partnership.


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