Community Employment Scheme

CE Scheme Recruitment 

We are currently advertising positions on our CE Scheme, please contact INTERO for details.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants

The criteria for participating on the Community Employment programme are based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments. In general, the Part-time Integration Option is for people of 25 or over who are receiving social welfare payments for 1 year or more, and people of 18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments. The Part-time Job Option is for people who are 35 or over and in receipt of social welfare payments for 3 years or longer.

Certain groups such as travellers and refugees aged 18 or over are eligible for both options. If you qualify under the criteria but do not wish to take up the option yourself, there are certain conditions under which you can do a spousal swap.

Please note that eligibility to participate on the Community Employment programme is linked to those in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment (where specified). Those persons not meeting the criteria under the Part-time Integration or Part-time Job Options, or who are signing for credits, or are receiving social welfare benefits from a different country, are not eligible to participate on Community Employment.

Please note since 16 January 2012 new participants on Community Employment (CE) schemes will not be able to claim another social welfare payment at the same time.

Garda Vetting

At our project we work with vulnerable adults and children, therefore all of our positions have to be Garda Vetted. If you have lived abroad, you will need to get vetting from each country you have lived in. If you have lived outside of Ireland for 6 months or more in the past 3 years you will not be eligible.

If you feel you or someone you know is in a position to get Garda vetting and are interested in joining our scheme please contact INTERO office or call  Caroline at the Community Centre 061-2285996 for more details.

Community Employment is an employment and training programme which helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine. The programme enables them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills which can then be used in the workplace.

In 2015, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group had on average 20 people working though the scheme.  The CE scheme, which is funded by DSP, has been running at the centre for almost two decades.

Workers from the scheme support a wide range of CSG initiatives, including meals for the elderly, senior supports, environmental workers with providing reception and housekeeping services to the main building.