Community Employment

Community Employment has become a multifaceted programme that aims to satisfy a range of objectives. SICCDA operates a 20-place programme in the Liberties area situated in Dublin 8. Its aim is to help long-term unemployed people re-enter the active workforce and to break the experience of long-term unemployment through enhanced and meaningful training, personal development and valuable work experience.

Participants are provided with valuable work experience in a wide variety of areas including Reception, Administration, Accounts, Afterschool, Cleaning, Maintenance, IT/Social Media and Community Development/Outreach. SICCDA aspires to provide a welcoming environment where participants are both encouraged and facilitated to develop both personally and professionally. Through 1-1 person-centred career planning meetings with the CE Supervisor, participants are assisted in identifying their goals as well as their learning, training and skills needs. As training is such an integral part of Community Employment, a dedicated training plan is in place for each participant and they are supported in undertaking job related or specific skills training that leads to recognised and accredited qualifications. SICCDA aims to nurture Participants through training, work experience, personal development, confidence and capacity building. We strive to give CE Participants the skills and experience they need in order to progress to mainstream employment or further education depending on the overall goal of each participant.

We advertise all our CE vacancies on the Jobs Ireland website (, through INTREO, SICCDA Social Media and our vacancies page.

Who Can Apply?

The general qualifying age for CE is 21 years.

In general, you must also be getting one of the following Irish Social Welfare payments for at least 12 months:

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA)
  • 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
  • Farm Assist

If you do not qualify for CE under the eligibility criteria for your age group above, you may still be eligible for the scheme if you are aged 18 years and over and in receipt of one of the following payments:

  • Disability Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Illness Benefit for 6 months or more (subject to eligibility)

You may also qualify for CE if you are aged 18 or over and:

  • A member of the Traveller community in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for any length of time or One-Parent Family Payment for 1 year or more
  • A person with Refugee status in receipt of any DEASP payment for any length of time
  • An Ex-offender referred by the Probation or other designated service. Ex-offenders aged 18 and over and not referred by these Services must be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for a period of 12 months or more to qualify for CE.

To check your eligibility for CE you should contact your local DEASP Employment Services/Intreo Office.


Mairéad Moyne
T: 087-675-4555