About Jobcare

About Jobcare

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Jobcare CLG is a registered Charity:
Jobcare Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
Revenue CHY No: CHY 11301
Charities Register (CRA) No: 20030643

Company Reg No: 215563
Registered address: The Exchange,
50 Gardiner St Lower, Dublin D01VC03.

Jobcare was founded in 1994 by Paul Mooney and Robin Boles as a Christian response to the problem of unemployment in inner city Dublin. The organisation was registered as a charity (Charity No 11301) in April 1994 and, in September of that year the first Jobseekers Course was delivered. The course was open to all, but at that time catered particularly for Dublin inner city, long-term unemployed people at a time of significant third-generation unemployment. Then, as now, Jobcare assisted long-term unemployed people access and retain work by helping them get over their own individual barriers (recovering from addiction, previous criminal history, low education, literacy issues, mental illness, single parenthood, no record of previous employment, etc.). Jobcare has seen the transformation of the lives of individuals and families as clients have found that employment can restore dignity, self-worth and economic stability. Since 1994 the Jobseekers Course has become recognised as an effective and successful means of helping individuals enter the workforce.

Jobcare has always helped unemployed people on two levels. Long-term unemployed people are employed by Jobcare as part of a Community Employment Work Programme. These C.E. staff are trained, developed and given work experience under the guidance of the Community Employment Supervisors and our full-time team. So these work programme staff are being helped towards securing suitable employment themselves. In turn the C.E. staff help provide our services to course participants and drop-in clients. There is great understanding and empathy for our clients as these staff have themselves been long-term unemployed and, as the work programme is a set contract, they too are on a jobsearch of their own. However, they can also offer the training and skills they have developed as well as great encouragement and hope for positive progression. Jobcare started in 1994 with 6 Community Employment Programme participants; we now employ up to 72 C.E. staff at any given time. In 2012 Jobcare provided job-related training for over 750 long-term unemployed people. Of these, 62% progressed into employment or into further education and training.

Different services have been developed and launched over the nearly 20 years in an innovative approach to tackling the social challenges of the time. In 2007, “Trasna”, Jobcare’s full-time transitional work programme for ex-offenders, was developed to address the high level of recidivism due to unemployment among ex-offenders caused by the challenges faced by this disadvantaged population. Without the skills, education, employment experience and credentials required to compete in this 21st century economy, everything is pitched against an ex-offender accessing meaningful paid employment. Jobcare had taken on a number of ex-offenders into our transitional work programme and wanted to address the needs of this disadvantaged sector, not only so that individuals’ lives would be impacted, but also that the scourge of re-offending would be arrested and something done towards lifting this burden from communities. In 2007, Paul Mooney, Jobcare’s co-founder and chief executive, was awarded a Level Two Award by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in recognition of his innovative approach to addressing unemployment amongst ex-offenders.

In 2011, Jobcare developed our “Jobnet” programme to address the needs of a new kind of jobseeker in the Irish jobs market – the professionally skilled individual or graduate who, because of the current economic climate, is finding it difficult to find work, yet has much to offer a potential employer. Jobnet offers a professional environment tailored to the specific needs of this group. The programme empowers jobseekers to market their skills and learn to network effectively to find employment. Currently, Peter Johnson, our Jobnet Manager, has been shortlisted as one of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s award finalists in recognition of his innovative approach to addressing unemployment amongst professionals and graduates. Our services are varied, but our goal is the same- to see individual transformation and the impact of unemployment turned around.