Job opportunities, community employment vacancies
Join our Community Employment (CE) Programme for exciting Job Opportunities

The Department of Social Protection’s (DSP) Community Employment programme (CE) is a positive initiative aimied at empowering the unemployed and those facing barriers to employment.

Through job placements, training, and education, Community Employment supports individuals while also assisting organizations in delivering essential services throughout the county.

Community Employment offers part-time and temporary placements within local communities, providing valuable opportunities for those who have been long-term unemployed to reintegrate into the workforce.

The EDI Centre is proud to host a variety of Community Employment positions, both within our premises and in collaboration with community organizations across County Longford.

Job Types Available

At the EDI Centre, we offer a range of CE vacancies, including:

Additionally, we support CE vacancies in external community venues, such as:

Recruitment is ongoing year-round, and CE participants are encouraged to pursue other part-time work opportunities during their placement.

Benefits of Participating on a Community Employment Programme

CE participants enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • Access to education and training with financial support
  • PRSI ‘A’ contributions paid during employment
  • Progression opportunities to sustainable full-time employment or self-employment
  • Those on reduced DSP payments receive wages based on the full DSP rate while on CE
  • You may be eligible for the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) Programme
  • Retention of medical card 
  • You will keep your entitlement to the extra benefits you were getting immediately before going onto CE, provided you continue to satisfy the conditions for these benefits
  • Financial support for education & training
  • You may be eligible for the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
    Eligibility Criteria:

    Eligibility to participate is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year or more or 18 years and over for certain disadvantaged groups. Your eligibility will have to be verified by DSP. For more information click here

    Application Details:

    Interested candidates can register their interest on the Jobs Ireland website or contact a case officer at their local Intreo Centre.

    Alternatively, applicants can submit their CV and cover letter indicating the desired vacancy to Nicola Mullervy ( or Marie McGurran (

    CVs can be posted or dropped off at the EDI Centre or applicants can reach out by phone at 043-3347515.

    For More Information

    For more information you can find out about Community Employment and the experience of participants in the DSPs video by clicking HERE

    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 Community Employment Staff Member

    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 Community Employment Staff Member