Community Employment

Community Employment

CE or Community Employment is a programme of work and training for people who have been out of work for a while. Jobcare’s CE programme gives participants the skills needed to get back into the workforce and break the cycle of being unemployed. Watch the video below to see the impact CE has made on some of our former participants.

Muriel O’Brien

Work Programmes Graduate

In August 2015, Jobcare shared Muriel’s story of overcoming major back surgeries and her participation in Jobcare’s transitional work programme to help her take the next step of securing employment. Muriel told us her motto was “Never, never give up!” and now Muriel is working as an administrator.

For me, working is not about the money; it’s about getting out there and doing what you love doing. I enjoy doing administration. Working is about having somewhere to go, getting out there and meeting people, and helping others. Going back into the world of work is a great feeling.

This journey has taken me about five years and it’s been tough. I had stopped believing in myself and Jobcare helped me get that belief back again. My time here helped me face my fear. I wasn’t very good at interviews, but the more I practised, the easier it got. It’s helped me with my confidence. There’s no one magic solution- it’s upskilling and confidence and the social end of things. You have to get involved in all sorts. By taking part in all the day courses and workshops, by getting involved, it all helps to build the big package. My confidence is back to where it should be now.

My advice to other jobseekers would be to never give up, keep networking and take whatever opportunities arise. I’m sad to leave Jobcare, but I’ve reached my goal of getting a job. This is the icing on the cake!

Nuala O’Connell

Work Programmes graduate

“It’s been so fast! I didn’t even have a LinkedIn profile before Jobcare. But LinkedIn works. I’m living proof that it works. Someone that I have never met face to face got in touch with me and I got a job out of it!”

I hadn’t worked since June 2012 and my confidence was low. I wondered where I would fit in. I wondered how I would navigate the corporate world. I was hoping to up-skill and I knew I needed more IT experience so my case worker in my local DSP office recommended I complete a computer course with Jobcare. After I successfully completed a FETAC level 3 course, I then completed the Jobseekers Course and then I went on to complete FETAC level 4! As a way of saying thank you for the help and advice I was given, I offered my services as a volunteer once a week with Jobcare. While reviewing CV’s and meeting with clients a position became available on Jobcare’s CE scheme for a receptionist. I applied, was successful and started as the organisation’s new receptionist in October 2013!

During my time as receptionist I completed the Jobnet programme. This was the most critical part of my experience with Jobcare. The feedback I got from the mock interview I did with ACCA was fantastic and I would not have been able to do that interview without applying the skills I learned in the programme. I progressed from my position as receptionist to PA and then last month, out of the blue, I received a LinkedIn invitation with a job spec attached from Martin Whelan of Universal Talent Solutions. He told me he was so impressed by my online profile and asked could he send me for an interview with Hyundai Cars Ireland. A few days later I learned I was the new company receptionist with Hyundai Ireland!

Working in Jobcare for the last 9 months has been integral in finding myself and I can’t recommend it enough.

Peter Rogers


After being unemployed and on disability due to a serious injury, I saw an advert in FÁS for a C.E. position in maintenance at Jobcare. To be honest, I had lost confidence that I would ever work again and almost didn’t go for the interview. I’m so glad I went!

I worked in maintenance at Jobcare for nearly 4 years. There are no words to describe the difference it’s made in my life. I went for vocational training like First Aid and Manual Handling and studied to become a Health and Safety Officer. But what I’m forever grateful for was how patient and understanding the management were. Through operations and set-backs, the staff were always happy to help and just so supportive. I got my confidence back and realised I could get back to working. When it came to applying for jobs I got help with my CV and with interviews.

Now I’m working as a caretaker in a primary school- just the type of job I wanted. Going for that C.E.role in Jobcare was the best thing I ever did. I’m back working and feeling confident about the future. It’s been such a blessing.


For more information on Community Employment Schemes click here