People on the dole are being urged to use a Government scheme to set up their own businesses.
A review of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance has shown that it’s been successful in helping people off welfare and into work.
It allows people to build an idea they have for a business and give them financial support and advice for two years.Holly Pereira is an artist and illustrator based here in Dublin and set up her business thanks to the scheme.
She says it taught her vital skills – many she didn’t have.
"The Back to Work Enterprise Scheme is amazing, I could have done it without it. Because it allows you to spend time like learning business skills, which I didn't have any of being an artist."
She added "It was amazing and ICE, Inner City Enterprise Board, which were my mentors in this, you're assigned a mentor and they were amazing and really supportive and helpful".
She’s worked on a variety of projects that involved animation for music videos, murals and illustrations.
But she says alot of her success is through word of mouth.
"I haven't advertised much. So I think, especially with sign painting is what I do traditional sign painting, it's the best ad because people see your work and they contact you. It's been building steadily since I set it up a year and a half ago."
At the end of last year, the scheme helped over 11 thousand people, who were on the dole, set up their own companies.