Community Employment is an employment programme which helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine. The programme assists them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills which can then be used in the workplace.
The CE programme is sponsored by groups such as Youth Work Ireland Midlands who wish to benefit the local community.
To participate in the DSP Community Employment programme, you must:
Register at your local Employment Services Office;
Meet certain Eligibility Criteria.
DSP gives financial support in the form of Allowances and Funding to assist with the Community Employment programme, for example participant wages, supervisor grants, materials grants, and specific skills training grants.
Youth Work Ireland Midlands has a large scheme with 44 participants across counties Westmeath and Offaly.
The training provided through the scheme is delivered within a Quality Assurance framework. A range of fully accredited training programmes from QQI level 3 to level 7 are offered in the organization, with full support for the participant’s progression to employment or further education.
A CE applicant who needs childcare in order to take up a place in a CE schemes is eligible for a CE childcare place. For further detail in relation to how CE childcare places are managed please contact your CE Sponsor or click here.