Community Employment

Community Employment is an employment 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 assists them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills which can then be used in the workplace.

The CE programme is Sponsored by groups wishing to benefit the local community, namely voluntary organisations and public bodies involved in not-for-profit activities.

To participate in the DSP Community Employment programme, you must:

Register at your local Employment Services Office.

Meet certain eligibility criteria. 

DSP gives financial support in the form of Allowances and Funding to assist with the Community Employment programme, for example participant wages, supervisor grants, materials grants, and specific skills training grants.

The training provided through Community Employment is delivered within a Quality Assurance framework. Details of recognised QQI Awards and qualifications which can be achieved and which lead to major awards on the National Framework of Qualifications are available at

A CE applicant who needs childcare in order to take up a place in a CE schemes is eligible for a CE childcare place. For further detail in relation to how CE childcare places are managed please contact your CE Sponsor.

Contact your Local Employment Services office for further information about Community Employment.

City Centre Co-ordinating Group

Four Cork City Centre charitable organisations have come together to provide sponsorship for a Community Employment Scheme; St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork Deaf Association, The Sexual Health Centre and Threshold.  The aim is to provide meaningful work placements and certified training, as well as additional supports to prepare Participants for rejoining the workforce.  See our PLACEMENTS page for the work experience positions available on this Scheme and any current vacancies.

Our Participants play a valuable part in making services available to the public, supporting community groups, providing advice and information, and keeping historical sites open to the public.  Not only do they learn skills as part of their placements, but they are engaged in training paths to strengthen their position in applying for jobs 


City Centre Co-ordinating Group CLG

Library House

Dean Street

Cork City

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