About the EDI Centre in Longford Town

The EDI is managed by a voluntary committee who are responsible for all decisions regarding the management of the Centre.  This committee includes representation from Longford Employment Action Group, Longford Community Resources Clg, Longford and District Council of Trade Unions and other Community and National Groups.

Our overall aim is to meet the needs of people who are at present unemployed or under-employed.

Through our constant work with state agencies we have built up vital links which enable us secure maximum support for our clients.


Lack of access to information is one of the key barriers to progression amongst unemployed people.  So our ability to act as a ‘one stop shop’ is important in offering clients a quality service.

Our current staffing levels allow us to provide a range of services to our clients. These services are being expanded, subject to funding, to meet identified needs. It is our experience that a client sourcing information on one topic will learn of other opportunities available to them.

Our services include:

Our objectives

Briefly the objectives of the Employment Development Information Centre are:

  • To inform unemployed people of their rights
  • To campaign for change
  • To provide practical services which assist welfare dependent people to find employment
  • To provide education and training at introductory, progressive and advanced levels  

Community Employment Programme

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) Community Employment (CE) programme is a positive initiative which is vital in assisting unemployed and those furthest from the labour market with job seeking endeavours, training and education, while supporting other organisation to provide vital services across the county.

Subsequently the EDI Centre employs a number of staff who participate on a CE programme, some of whom are based in the EDI while others are based in community organisations throughout County Longford.

click here for information on the Community Employment Programme from the gov.ie website or click here for an information video on the Jobs Ireland website.

EDI Centre is highly dedicated to providing a variety of training courses for individuals wanting employment, career changes, better opportunities and upskilling in areas such as catering, engineering, medical technology and biopharmaceuticals taught by experienced professionals. Funding may also be provided through EDI and special services for mature students wishing to resume academic studies at third level.

Past Service User

As CE Staff member of EDI Centre, I thank the support of my supervisor who encouraged me to complete BA degree in Business Enterprise and Community Learning with AIT and Equal Ireland through blended learning. I grew in confidence and knowledge and progress into self-employment. I recommend EDI Centre as a learning organisation to advance your career opportunities.

Previous CE Staff Member

I worked as a Clerical Assistant at the Employment, Development & Information Centre, Longford and was employed there for one year. As a college graduate I have had difficulty securing employment relevant to my chosen career and I am still working to achieve this goal, the EDI staff are warm, friendly, encouraging and enthusiastic in helping people achieve their goals.

Previous CE Staff Member