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Start Your Own Business (SICAP)

Services Description

SICAP works in collaboration with the Department of Social Protection to support the opportunity for the individual to consider self-employment as a potential option to progress their career/working prospects. These actions and interventions are in line with the National Programme Priorities 2022/2023.

SICAP provides support to assist both the long-term and short-term unemployed individuals to access the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)/Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) options available to them.
This is achieved through the development of a business plan and participation in a ‘Start Your Own Business Training Programme.’

SICAP has its own unique ‘Self Employment Options’ Programme (SEOP) targeted at those who are unemployed, designed and modified over a number of years to specifically respond to the business and personal development needs of an unemployed person who is making the decision to become self-employed.

The overall programme of support will include:

  • Bookkeeping;
  • ROS;
  • And one-to-one mentoring.


This programme is currently delivered online. Alternative methods of client engagement and training opportunities will also be utilised.
SICAP will support the individual to remove any potential barriers to participation and progression through the programme.

*SICAP criteria and registration requirements apply

All supports are free of charge for participants.


Who is this Service for?

To be eligible for BTWEA/STEA support you must be in receipt of a Jobseekers payment and assessed by the Department of Social Protection who will then refer you to the relevant SICAP Worker.

SICAP provides support to all eligible applicants of the BTWEA /STEA to explore options and develop their business ideas.
Further support includes developing the business plan; and assessing the viability and sustainability of the business in the context of BTWEA Guidelines.

The DSP provides specific opportunities for people to move from unemployment to self–employment, including the DSP’s Self Employment with Means Payment. (SEMP)

To date, 272 Individuals have progressed to Self Employment from 2018-2023

Other Information

To enquire about availing of any of the above supports, contact  the SICAP officer in your area

Carrick on Suir
Anita Holloway | 086 1703480 |

Hilary Dilworth | 086 8254024|

Tracey Roche | 086 8397046|

Tipperary town
Deirdre O’Dwyer | 086 1703473 |

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