Waterford Area Partnership CLG., Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford.

Tel: 051-841740, Email: info@wap.ie

The SICAP Employment Training Schedule is now available
Please note that all training is subject to change due to the most up to date Covid health advice.


Start Your Own Business Workshops

We will help to get you started on achieving your dream of starting your own business.

Our SICAP Start Your Own Business Workshops will support you to identify what you need to do to move your idea into a reality, and our business mentors will give you 1:1 back up to build a business plan that delivers.

Workshops are broken into 2 x 3 hour sessions and cover; personal attributes, financial planning, market research, branding & marketing and compliance. Currently workshops are delivered online.




Contact us to find out if you are eligible for our free business mentoring and training programme and to book a place.

Waterford City; vwilmott@wap.ie / nkent@wap.ie. 086 700 8000

Dungarvan; jkearns@wap.ie. 086 700 7997




The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.



The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Tús initiative in Waterford City is managed by Waterford Area Partnership

Waterford Foodbank

Waterford Foodbank was established by Waterford Area Partnership and St.Vincent de Paul in 2017 to support all those in our communities that experience food poverty. It was officially opened in 2019 and, since its inception, has distributed over 600,000 meals. The foodbank is run on a totally voluntary basis and staffed by the Tus Workplace Initiative, CE and volunteers. Waterford Foodbank also distributes schoolbooks to charitable and community organisations throughout the city.

Local Employment Service

Waterford City Local Employment Service provides a range of labour market guidance and support services to unemployed job seekers living in the Waterford city catchment area. We also provide services to employers, helping with recruitment, up-skilling and access to employer incentives. Our services are tailored to the needs of each individual client without cost to the employer or job seeker.

Our goal is to provide a range of quality professional services to unemployed jobseekers to help them find suitable employment, training or self-employment.

The Grow Project Local Training Initiative

The Grow Project, located in Ferrybank, is a community based horticultural training initiative operated by Waterford Area Partnership and funded by the Education and Training Board.
The project delivers one year full time training programmes at QQI Level 4 and 5. These courses teach a broad range of key vocational skills including small scale vegetable and fruit production, nursery growing, plant identification, land sciences and garden design. The course is targeted at unemployed people looking to up skill with a strong focus on gaining employment or accessing further education.  Contact gmullen@wap.ie for further information.


Mukisa Programme

The MUKISA programme creates opportunities and supports for the integration of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Community in Waterford. We build the capacity of individuals and communities through training and learning opportunities, with a QQI Level 5-6 focus.

We know that barriers to education and a lack of familiarity with the Irish employment system limits opportunity to be confident and active citizens in Ireland. We offer self-development opportunities, we break down cultural, language and social barriers and offer open access to learning. We focus on enabling positive integration so that individuals are empowered economically and socially.


“Over 70 people turned up for our planting day, young and old. It was more than we could have imagined it to be. The pastoral council had some buns tart and brack left over and gave it to us. Great buzz around. The ripple effect across the community has been massive. Thank you for your support” – Clonea Power Development Committee

“Thank you for the training session…It was informative and will be helpful. Excellent & relevant training, fantastic tips for professional and personal development.” Attendee at Virtual Career Planning Session.

“I received funding for the application fees for WCFE Applied Psychology course which I completed in May 2021. In receiving this funding, I was enabled and supported in pursuing further education, without which, this would not have been an option for me.” Education Grantee