Supporting Individuals, Families and Communities

Community Employment

Community Employment (CE) is an employment programme administered by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).

The main objective of CE is to assist people who are long-term unemployed to re-enter the labour market through the provision of training and work experience (on a fixed term basis in jobs based within local communities).

Participant training and development is a central feature of CE. Training and development opportunities are provided through the work experience a participant gains while on the project and as a result of education and training opportunities available under CE.

It is envisaged that the provision of development and training opportunities will help participants to secure employment/other progression opportunities after/during their time on CE.

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. DSP gives financial support in the form Allowances and Funding to assist with the CE Programme for example participant wages, supervisor grants, material grants and specific skills training grants.

Sligo Social Service Council Ltd currently sponsors a large CE Project which employs 2 Supervisors who oversee the work of up to 34 participants. CE Participants are employed to work within Sligo Social Services and also a number of participants are placed with other local community groups. CE vacancies for Sligo Social Services CE Project are advertised on and also at times may be advertised in the local newspapers.

If you are interested in learning more about CE or wish to find out if you are eligible to participate on a CE Project please contact your local Dept. of Social Protection/Intreo Office or visit

For further information, please Contact Us.

Sligo Social Service Council
Charles Street
T. 071 9145682
F. 071 9145933

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