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Community Employment (CE) Schemes

Kare, in association with the Department of Social Protection (DSP), runs two Community Employment (CE) Schemes: Adult Supports and Childcare. 

CE programmes are designed to help people who are long-term unemployed to get back to work, by offering part-time and temporary placements (19.5 hours per week) in jobs based in the local community.

Kare's CE Schemes provide 

opportunities to complete training and work experience in frontline services, childcare, clerical, reception, accounts, catering and caretaker/ maintenance roles.

Watch the video to learn more. 

What people say about Kare's Community Employment 

From the care and support shown to me from my supervisor in Kare to the dedication of the tutors – it’s great!

I can honestly say it was the beginning of a new journey in my career.

To say the CE childcare programme has been rewarding would be an understatement! 

CE Scheme eligibility

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Are you currently unemployed and interested in a job opportunity in community employment, where you can re-train, upskill and gain valuable work experience?

Check your eligibility by calling into your local Intreo office. Further information on the qualifying criteria and rates of payment can be found here.

How to apply for CE vacancies

All vacancies are advertised on jobsireland.ie. or by contacting one of our
CE Supervisors:

Veronica Roche: veronica.roche@kare.ie 

Elaine Nolan: elaine.nolan@kare.ie

Mairead Kavanagh: mairead.kavanagh@kare.ie

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Featured jobs

Childcare Assistant

Stratford-on-Slaney, Co Wicklow

Childcare Assistant

Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Childcare Assistant

Newbridge, Co Kildare

Support Worker

Baltinglass, Co Wicklow

Childcare Assistant

Baltinglass, Co Wicklow

Childcare Assistant

Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare

Support Worker

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Assistant Cook

Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Admin Assistant

Newbridge, Co Kildare

Support Worker

Tinahely, Co Wicklow

CE Scheme benefits

  • Gain experience working directly in services for adults and children or in support/administration services

  • 80% of participants who complete Kare's CE Scheme progress to employment

  • Work experience available in different areas and locations (see full list here)

  • All mandatory training provided by Kare

  • Certain QQI training courses free to CE participants (e.g. QQI Level 5 Major Award in Intellectual Disability Practice & Community Healthcare)

  • Support with career development

  • Preparation support for future interviews

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