Local Training Initiatives

Community Employment Programme

The Cavan Centre sponsors a Community Employment (CE) programme which provides employment opportunities to those who are long-term unemployed.  Sixteen positions are available and participants work for 19½ hours per week developing and enhancing both 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 for the Centre to deliver its core programmes to those who are disadvantaged.

Work Areas

Our participants carry out work in the following areas:

  • Catering & Household
  • Maintenance & Grounds Keeping
  • Clerical Work
  • Youth & Community Work

Eligibility for Community Employment

To gain a position on a CE project you must:

  • Be registered as unemployed with the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for at least 52 weeks
  • Be currently in receipt of a payment from DSP – Jobseekers, Disability, One Parent Family and Widow/er payments all qualify.

Vacant CE positions are advertised on the Jobs Ireland website jobsireland@welfare.ie, perspective participants must be referred by their local DSP/Intreo office. www.welfare.ie

A small top-up on the maximum DSP payment is paid for the period of participation on CE which is initially one year.

Training

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 and Outdoor Education.

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 is 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, Reception Skills, Payroll and Accounts.

Progression

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.

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