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Can I take part in a Community Employment Scheme?

CE schemes find temporary work placements in the local community


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The Community Employment (CE) scheme can help you get back to work if you are long-term unemployed. It provides part-time and temporary paid work placements within local communities.

There are two types of community employment program: Part-time Integration Option and Part-Time Job Option.

What does it involve?

In CE Part-time Integration Option, you can work under the Community Employment scheme for a maximum of 1 year. It may be possible to have your one-year placement extended by another year.

The CE Part-Time Job Option provides participants with part-time work placements for 1 year initially, with annually renewable contracts for another 2 years. This option is designed to give extended access to employment to older people who may have been unable to secure regular employment for some time.

Who is it for?

Part-Time Integration Option

There are a few different ways that you might qualify for to take part in in the Part-time Integration Option.

If you are aged 25 or older, you must be unemployed and getting one or more of the following payments for at least 12 months:

  • Jobseeker's Benefit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Jobseeker's Transitional payment
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension
  • Farm Assist

If you are aged 18 and over, you must be:

  • A member of the Traveller community, or
  • Unemployed and getting Jobseeker's Benefit /Jobseeker's Allowance for any period or One-Parent Family Payment for at least 1 year, or
  • Getting Disability Allowance, Blind Person's Pension or Invalidity Pension
  • Getting Illness Benefit for at least 6 months, or
  • A refugee authenticated by the Department of Justice and Equality (Garda Registration Certificate with Stamp 4) and getting a social welfare payment, or
  • An ex-offender who has been referred by the Probation Service or other designated service, or an ex-offender not referred by a designated service who has been getting JA or JB for 12 months, or
  • Referred following an appropriate assessment according to the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework protocols, or
  • Living on one of the offshore islands and currently in receipt of a CE-qualifying payment for 6 months or more

Part-Time Job Option

If you are 35 or over, you must be getting any of the following payments for at least 3 years:

  • Jobseeker's Benefit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional payment (JST)
  • One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension o
  • Farm Assist

OR

  • Getting Disability Allowance, Blind Person's Pension or Invalidity Pension

OR

  • Getting Illness Benefit for at least 6 months

OR

  • An ex-offender who has been referred by the Probation Service or other designated service, or an ex-offender not referred by a designated service who has been getting JA or JB for 3 years

If you are 18 or over, you must be:

  • A member of the Traveller community getting Jobseeker's Benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance or One-Parent Family Payment for at least 1 year, or
  • A refugee authenticated by the Department of Justice and Equality (Garda Registration Certificate with Stamp 4) and getting a social welfare payment, or
  • Referred following an appropriate assessment according to the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework protocols’, or
  • Living on one of the offshore islands and currently in receipt of a CE-qualifying payment for 6 months or more.

How much does it pay?

The minimum weekly payment for new participants based on 19.5 hours worked is €220.50 since March 2018.

How to apply

If you want to apply to a CE scheme, you should contact your local employment services office or Intreo centre for information about CE job opportunities. Job listings are also available online.

Contact your local Intreo centre or employment services office.

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Published August 22nd2016
Last updated July 12th2018
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