The Cavan Centre sponsors a Community Employment (CE) programme funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. It provides employment opportunities to those that are long-term unemployed. Sixteen positions are available; participants work for 19½ hours per week contributing to the work of the Centre while also enhancing and developing their personal and technical skills in preparation for returning to the workplace.
The work of the participants alongside the Centre’s full-time staff makes it possible to deliver our programmes to the marginalised and disadvantaged groups that avail of Centre.
Participants carry out work in the following areas
To take up a position on a CE project you must be:
A small top-up on the maximum DEASP payment is paid for the period of participation on CE which is initially one year.
Training is an integral part of participation on CE. Participants are provided initially with any training relevant to their work on the project e.g. Manual Handling, Safe Pass, Food Hygiene, Child Protection Awareness.
Participants are also encouraged to take up education or training to enhance their skills or knowledge or to gain a formal qualification with the aim of improving their employment prospects after CE.
A range of training courses are available part-time in local colleges and adult education centres; any cost is covered by the project’s training budget.
We have successfully supported participants to achieve qualifications from QQI level 3 to level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications in a variety of areas including Youth Work, Social Care, Culinary Techniques, Health Care, Web Design, Digital Marketing and Payroll and Accounts.
The aim of Community Employment is to progress participants to employment or further education at the end of their allocated time on CE. The Project Supervisor supports participants in achieving their desired progression.
Participants have successfully gained employment in the trades, clerical work, retail, social care and community work while others progressed to college to continue or advance learning commenced while on CE.
The Employment Network (TEN) located in Dublin's north inner city, has allocated two positions to the Cavan Centre under their Jobs Initiative Programme which is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
These are long-term positions which provide the Centre with full-time workers in the areas of Maintenance and Accounts.
This scheme provides income support for farmers in return for their carrying out community work for 19½ hours per week, Breffni Integrated which oversees the scheme in Cavan allocates one Maintenance worker on a long-term basis to the Centre.