The Business Development Programme (BDP) is a special Community Employment (CE) which is in operation since the late 1990's. The BDP enables unemployed people considering self-employment to undergo an accredited business development programme (FETAC Level 5) while developing their business idea and their business plan.

The course is funded by the Department of Social Protection's CE programme and it runs for a period of 24 weeks, alternating between Athlone and Mullingar. Participants attend the course one day per week, and receive one to one sessions with the coordinator and tutor and outside advisors if required.

The course is one of a number of supports that WCD has in place to support new businesses being established by people on the live register. To find out more about these supports visit our Enterprise Supports.

For further information on the BDP contact:

Dan Grehan on 044 9348571 or email:

Seamus McKenna on 090 6494555 or email: