Active Labour Market Programmes

Community Employment - (CE)

Community Employment schemes are Active Labour Market Programmes (ALMP's) supported by FÁS. These schemes provide training and work experience, primarily to long-term unemployed people, with some other groups of people also eligible.

Community Employment positions provide an opportunity for long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to a work routine and to assist them to enhance/develop both their technical and personal skills.

What are CE jobs?

Local community groups, local authorities or nonprofit companies working in the voluntary sector manage CE projects and the type of work varies considerably from project to project.

CE is divided into two options that have different eligibility rules and conditions.

  • CE Part-time Integration Option
  • CE Part-time Job Option

CE Part-time Integration Option

This options aims to help participants find a job or enter full time training/education normally after one year on Community Employment.

- Who is Eligible?

You can qualify for this scheme under the following conditions:

- If you are Unemployed:

  • you must be aged 25 or over, and
  • claiming either Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit for one year or more.

- If you are claiming another Social Welfare Payment:

Anyone 25 years of age or over and in receipt of:

  • One Parent Family Payment (OPFP), Widows/Widowers pension (contributory or Non-Contributory), or Deserted Wife's Benefit for one year or more, or
  • Anyone 25 years of age or over who is a Qualified Adult Dependant of an eligible long-term unemployed claimant. (This does not apply to a Qualified Adult Dependant of those on Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Invalidity Pension or Blind Pension), or
  • Travellers of any age, unemployed and in receipt of JA/JB for any period or One Parent Family Payment (OPFP) for one year or more. For Travellers aged 16 to 17 years, a minimum of 12 months spent in a Travellers Training Workshop will suffice for eligibility, or
  • Persons of 18 years of age or over and in receipt of either Disability Allowance or Blind Pension or Invalidity Pension, (who obtain approval from the Department of Social Protection, to engage in employment of a rehabilitative nature, View information on Exemptions Here, or Illness Benefit for 6 months or more (who obtain approval from the Department to engage in work of a rehabilitative nature), or
  • Persons aged 18 years or over referred by the Drugs Task Force.

Please Note: Other groups/categories also qualify for this CE option. Please contact the INOU for more information.

- How long does it last?

CE schemes provide work for an average of 19.5 hours per week (or 39 hours per fortnight) for one year. Under this type of scheme extensions of a second year may be possible, subject to the approval of FAS.

If you require further information on any aspect of Community Employment (CE) please contact the INOU on 01- 856 0088.

CE Part-time Job Option

On the Part-time job option you can work up to three years compared to the standard 1-year available to other participants. The 3-year option recognises the need to provide access to a part-time job for extended periods for older persons who have been unable to secure regular employment for some time.

- Who is Eligible?

You can qualify for this scheme under the following conditions:

- If you are Unemployed:

  • you must be aged 35 or over, and
  • claiming either Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit for three years or more.

- If you are claiming another Social Welfare Payment:

Anyone 35 years of age or over and in receipt of:

  • One Parent Family Payment (OPFP), Widows/Widowers pension (contributory or Non-Contributory), or Deserted Wife's Benefit for three years or more, or
  • Anyone 35 years of age or over who is a Qualified Adult Dependant of an eligible long-term unemployed claimant. (This does not apply to a Qualified Adult Dependant of those on Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Invalidity Pension or Blind Pension), or
  • A refugee aged 18 years or over, as authenticated by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, or
  • Travellers of any age, unemployed and in receipt of JA/JB for any period or One Parent Family Payment (OPFP) for one year or more. For Travellers aged 16 to 17 years, a minimum of 12 months spent in a Travellers Training Workshop will suffice for eligibility, or
  • Persons of 35 years of age or over and in receipt of either Disability Allowance or Blind Pension or Invalidity Pension, (who obtain approval from the Department of Social Protection, to engage in employment of a rehabilitative nature, View information on Exemptions Here, or Illness Benefit for 6 months or more (who obtain approval from the Department of Social Protection to engage in work of a rehabilitative nature), or
  • Persons aged 18 years or over referred by the Drugs Task Force.

Note: Other groups/categories also qualify for this CE option. Please contact the INOU for more information.

- Additional Qualification periods

Time spent on a recognised training, education, or an employment programme and time in prison may count as a qualifying period.

- How long does it last?

CE schemes provide work for an average of 19.5 hours per week (or 39 hours per fortnight) for one year. If you decide to take a place on this option you may be taken on for one year initially and depending on your work performance and availability of places, you can be re-engaged for further periods, up to a maximum of 3 years subject to approval by FÁS.

Information for both CE Options

- Participation on CE Schemes

Lifetime participation on CE is 'capped' at three years for those aged under 55 and at six years for those aged 55 and over. If you want to repeat or take up a new CE scheme, after finishing a previous CE scheme, you must wait 12 months.

- Payment on Community Employment

If you are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit your Unemployment payment will be replaced by the CE payment. If you are in receipt of the One Parent Family payment (OPFP) you will retain some of your One Parent Family payment (OPFP) in addition to your Community Employment (CE) payment.

The payment rates for CE are:

  • C.E. Participant..........€208 per week
  • Qualified Adult...........€124.80 per week
  • Child Dependant........€29.80 per week

- Retaining Other Benefits

You may be entitled to retain all secondary benefits, e.g.

  • Rent/Mortgage Interest Supplement
  • Differential Rent
  • Fuel Allowance

You can keep your secondary benefits provided your total household income (CE wage plus any Social Welfare payment and/or wages from other part-time work) is below €317.43 gross per week. If you earn more than €317.43 gross per week you will lose your secondary benefits.

You will keep your Medical Card while you are on CE no matter how much you earn.

There are limits on the amount of Rent/Mortgage Interest Supplement you may retain while on a Community Employment (CE) scheme. Please contact the INOU for further information.

- How to Apply for Community Employment

You should contact your local FAS office for further information on available CE scheme vacancies.

You can also contact your local Jobs Club or Local Employment Service (LES) for information on CE vacancies. Please contact the INOU for details of your nearest Jobs Club or LES.

 

Last Updated: 01/02/2011