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SECAD Noticeboard Week 5 June 2014

SECAD Noticeboard Week 5 June 2014

SECAD Noticeboard


SECAD to roll out New Internet Training Programme


South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD), is currently in the process of planning the roll out of an Internet Training programme in Ballincollig, Carrigaline and Midleton. This initiative funded under the Rural Development Progamme will provide an opportunity for those distant from using the internet to learn of the many benefits and advantages that engagement with the on-line world can bring.

The internet has become central to our everyday lives; we can gather information and access a wide array of useful services on-line. Government departments and agencies in particular have provided an extensive range of very useful on-line information resources and services.  However, there are many people out there who find using the internet a very daunting task.

This introductory programme aims to take the fear out of using the internet.  Participants will learn how to,

  • Use a search engine.
  • Set up an email address and send an email
  • Access a wide range of information sources and services on-line provided by government departments and agencies including the Citizen’s Information, the National Consumer Agency and MABS websites.
  • Conduct a simple on-line transaction such as paying your motor tax
  • Access library services on-line and other cultural/educational resources
  • Access media resources such as newspapers, TV and radio programmes.
  • Find out about many useful tips to stay safe on-line.








SECAD’s Kieran Butler pictured at a recent course completion certificate presentation

Training will begin in late September. Members of the farming community, early school leavers and rural dwellers are particular target groups for this initiative, however, anyone living within the SECAD area who would like support to learn how to use the internet are most welcome.  Places will be limited it is advised that those interested in partaking in the programme contact Kieran Butler and/or Frances Doyle  for further information and/or secure a place on this short training programme on (021) 4613432 or email info@secad.ie



South East Cork Area Development Ltd

Summer ‘Boot Camp’ 2-Day Training Course


Start Your Own Business 







This 2-day programme will bring participants through the necessary steps when considering starting their own business and look at the whole area of self-employment.

The programme will run over two full days and will cover topics including;

  • Business Idea Generation and Assessment
  • Researching an Idea and Market Research
  • Review of the Types of Business Structures Options
  • Business Registration, Taxation and Regulations review
  • Business Planning and Financing the Business.

At the end of the course, each participant should be able to produce their own preliminary business plan including sales and financing options.

Who should attend? 

This course is for anyone who is seriously considering starting up their own business.


Duration of this programme: 2 full day sessions


Dates: Saturday 12th July and Saturday 19th July 2014


Times:  9.30am – 5pm

(break for lunch 1pm-2pm each day – lunch not provided)


Locations:  Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Co Cork (Shanagarry Suite)


Participant’s Course Fee:   €50 – to be paid in advance



For an application form or for further details, please contact Edel Smiddy at esmiddy@secad.ie  or 021 4613432.  Application forms are also available to be downloaded from  www.secad.ie

Course places for eligible applicants shall be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, upon receipt of a completed application form and course fee.  Completion of an application form does not guarantee a place on the course and all applicants will be notified in advance of their acceptance or not onto the course.  Programmes will only run if sufficient demand exists. 



Course Content

Course Title Start Your Own Business Course

Course Aims



To provide participants with an overview of what is involved in starting a business and offer participants guidance about self- employment as a viable option.


Course Content


  • Idea Generation and Assessment of Idea
  • Researching an idea and market research
  • Types of Business Structure, business registration, taxation and regulations
  • Business Planning and Financing the business


Learning Methodology


  • Workshop Presentation
  • Case Studies
  • Worksheet and Templates
  • Group Discussion
  • Email Support



Learning Outcomes


  • Understanding of the process of starting a business
  • Analysis of the person and the idea
  • Understanding of difference business strategies
  • Understanding of how to develop a business
  • Understanding Costs and Turnover requirements.



Target Audience


Anyone considering starting their own business with little or no previous self employment experience
Duration 9.30am to 5pm  (excluding lunch 1-2pm)
Start Date Saturday 12th July 2014 and Saturday 19th July 2014.
Trainer Tom O Leary



For all further information check out www.secad.ie

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