Programmes & Funds

Programmes & Funds

Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL)

The PEIL is the sole vehicle through which the European Social Fund will be applied in Ireland during the 2014-2020 programming period. SECAD has been awarded PEIL funding from the Department of Justice and Equality, this involves the delivery of two separate projects, one focusing on ‘Female Entrepreneurship’ and the other focusing improving ‘Female Employability’ opportunities over the next three years.

Practically, SECAD is leading a new Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project to support female entrepreneurs and delivering a Healthcare Assistant Level 5 qualification to boost employment of women in the health care sector.


Female Employability – Healthcare Opportunities Training

SECAD Partnership CLG is a partner in a Healthcare Opportunities Training project with Ballyhoura Development. The Healthcare Opportunities programme will be run at various locations throughout Cork and Limerick over a three year period offering participants the opportunity to gain a Healthcare Assistant Level 5 qualification.

The programme is specifically aimed at women who have been out of the workforce and who are not in receipt of a Jobseekers Allowance (for all other payments, please contact us and we can advise you on eligibility). It will appeal to women who are interested in training to work as a care assistant in a care home, community setting or a hospital. The training is free, flexible and an excellent way to upskill and gain a new career option.

The programme is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Dept of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund through the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Funding is being provided under the Employability strand of PEIL, to promote gender equality and to create new employment opportunities for women.


 Female Entrepreneurship – Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN)

WREN programme participants at ‘Meet the Founders’ day

SECAD is leading a new Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project to support female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick who have a concrete business idea and wish to become self-employed or who are already in the early stages of business development.

The training programme includes personal development and business skills training, one to one and group mentoring, female ‘role model’ sharing of experience and support, themed networking and experiential learning events, formation and facilitation of the facilitated networking sessions and a range of other supports. The training will lead to an accredited award.

SECAD is working in partnership with Ballyhoura Development in Limerick and Cork Institute of Technology’s Rubicon Centre, Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence and Dept of Technology Enhanced Learning on its delivery.

The WREN Project is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Dept of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 to promote entrepreneurial skills and business start-up amongst women in the region.

View more on the WREN programme here.

 

 

‘’I have learned that there is loads of help from SECAD to encourage women to get back to work. I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive energy on the first day and realised how much women have to offer the workforce. Thank you so much.’’ 

 

Claire O’ Connor, WREN programme participant

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
• Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
• Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
• Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie