Community Employment (CE)
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) 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.
Community Employment is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. Subsequently the EDI Centre employs a number of staff who participate on Community Employment. Some of CE staff are based in the EDI Centre itself with others based in community organisations throughout County Longford.
Community Employment vacancies within the EDI Centre include:
Community Employment vacancies supported by the EDI Centre in outside community venues include:
- Administrator – Springlawn
- Caretaker – Attic House
- Receptionist – Attic House
- Youth Worker – Longford Youth Service
Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year. Participants on a CE Programme can also take up other part-time work during their placement.
Benefits of Participating on Community Employment (CE) include:
- Access to, and financial support for, education & training
- PRSI ‘A’ contribution paid (paid employment)
- Progress to sustainable full-time employment / 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
- Medical Card retained while on CE
- 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 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
You can register your interest by selecting the ‘Register your interest’ button on the Jobs Ireland website or you can contact a case officer in your local Intreo Centre.
Or you can submit your CV, with Cover Letter stating which vacancy you are applying for to:
Nicola Mullervy Nicola.email@example.com
Marie McGurran: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post CVs to: CE Assistant Coordinator, EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford, N39 Y0F4.
Or you can drop your CV into us when passing by, please remember to mark CVs for the attention of the CE Assistant Coordinator.
Or you can phone Nicola and Marie on 043-3347515
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.
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.
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.