Programme Goals - Goal Three

Helping people become more job ready

The objectives of this Goal are to develop and sustain a range of services to support, prepare and assist people to enter the labour market, working with local enterprises to increase employment prospects and to increase local self-employment prospects.

Examples Include:

Small Business/Enterprise Allowance Scheme
The role of the Enterprise Officer is to provide key supports to individuals who are in receipt of the Jobseeker’s Benefit or who have been unemployed for more than a year and qualify for the Jobseeker’s Allowance. The Officer liaises with the Department of Social Protection in an effort to assist those who wish to develop or expand a business idea. Training can be supported and grants can be made available for those who meet the required criteria through the Department’s guidelines. Other supports include:

  • Individual advice and guidance.
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Co-ordination of training and mentoring programmes.
  • Provision of information on small grants for new business ventures.
  • Acting as an intermediary between support agencies.

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
(BTWEA) is a weekly payment for unemployed persons who set up their own business. They keep a portion of their benefits for two years once they have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for 12 months. The Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) is a similar scheme for those in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit. There is no qualifying period

SICAP Employment Advisors


Staff Members Base/Area Includes
Fiona Blaney Athenry Office 
Opening Times: Mon – Thurs 8.30 am – 4.30pm
Fri – 8.30-1.30 Office Phone 091 844335 
Address: GRD, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway
Headford & Dunmore (Outreach). CV and Interview Workshops county wide
Patricia Kelly Athenry 
Office Phone 091 844335 
Address: GRD, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway
Oranmore Outreach
Marie Finnerty Ballinasloe 
Office Opening Times: Mon- Fri 9am -5pm 
Office Phone: 090 9645111 
Address: GRD, 4 River View, Main St., Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Ballygar Outreach
Clara Cashman Loughrea 
Office Opening Times: Mon- Fri 9am -5pm 
Office Phone 091 847611 
Address: GRD, Barrack Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Portumna Outreach
Deirdre Ni Dhonnacha Rosmuc 
Office Opening Times: Mon- Fri 9am -5pm 
Office Phone: 091 574858 
Address: Ionad Fiontair, Rosmuc, Co.Galway
Deirdre Maloney Tuam 
Office Opening Times: Wed - Fri 9am - 5pm 
Office Phone: 093 26211 
Address: GRD, Lower Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway