Community Employment

“Community Employment is a unique programme, Supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, which is funded by the Irish Government that integrates on the job training and educational training for the individual jobseeker which supports progression to employment in their chosen career

The main objectives of the programme are:

  • Provide quality work experience
  • To provide opportunities to learn new skills and abilities
  • Promote education as a tool for ‘Empowerment’
  • Support a clear progression path


Women’s Community Projects CLG (WCP) is the main sponsor of the successful programme, which offers opportunities in the following areas of career path:

1. Community Employment Childcare Training and Employment Programme

The main ethos of the Community Employment Childcare Training and Employment Programme is to achieve the minimum qualification of QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award and gain valuable work experience as an Early Years Practitioner working with children within the Early Years Sector over a period of 3 years.


2. Community Employment Training and Employment Programme working towards a career in Front Office Reception, Business Administration, Social Care or Maintenance:

The main ethos of the Community Employment Training and Employment Programme is to enhance employability to unemployed persons by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their chosen career over a period of 3 years


Successful candidates will receive a top up payment in addition to their DEASP Social Welfare Payment, receive a Contract of Employment outlining the terms and conditions and all training is funded by the DEASP.


Eligibility for our Childcare Training and Employment Community Employment Programme is determined by the following:

  • Over 21 years of age and in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment for 12 months or more.
  • Over 18 years of age in receipt of a Disability payment for 6 months or more.
  • Travellers or Refugees 18 years or over in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for any length of time.
  • Persons aged 62 years or over in receipt of a payment for any length of time may be eligible to take up a placement under the Service Support Stream -SSS.

Garda Clearance

Garda Vetting and Police Clearance is a requirement for vacancies that provide support to Vulnerable Adults and Children.

Childcare Supports

The Community Employment Childcare (CEC) Programme is available to successful applicants who may require support for their children during their 19.5 working hours on CE costing €15.00 per week per child up to a maximum of 25 hours per week to include children up to 13 years of age.


Please register with your local INTREO / Social Welfare – Case Officer to check your eligibility for CE, quoting reference number of CE vacancy.


Please contact WCP CE Supervisor on 044-9344509 / 9344894 or email your interest to


Vacancy No. of Positions Location Ref. No.
Home Help Support/driver 1 Mullingar Homecare Services 2065688
Domestic Cleaner 1 Parish Community Centre Mullingar 2078631
Childcare Practitioner 1 Rhode Community Childcare,

Co. Offaly



Childcare Practitioner 2 Jordan Community Preschool, Castlejordan 2069267


Childcare Practitioner 1 Bright Beginnings, Ferbane, Co. Offaly 2081558
Childcare Practitioner 11 Clonbrusk/St. Kieran’s Childcare, Athlone 2065693


Childcare Practitioner 6 WCP Childcare Mullingar,

Stepping Stones, Rathowen



Childcare Practitioner 6 Killucan Community Childcare, Westmeath 2081497


Childcare Practitioner 6 Cairdeas Community Childcare, Kinnegad 2081498
Childcare Practitioner 1 Daingean Community Childcare 2081562



“I personally love the experience of doing the CE scheme. I’ve made great friends, but more importantly the work experience and great support I got from the supervisors of WCP towards work and study was fantastic. I do believe if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in the childcare job I am in now”

(Georgina Dowling 15.03.18– former participant on work placement within Clonbursk Community Childcare, Athlone)




“I really enjoyed my time on CE and all the support the supervisors gave me over the past 3 years and getting me into full employment. I met a lot of nice people when doing my assignments and we still keep in contact

(William Quigley 14.03.18 – former participant on work placement within Coosan Community Childcare, Athlone)



Orla Lynch’s Testimonial of her experience on the CE Project:

I gained vast experience and learned a huge amount about the Education Sector while working in the office.  Management were very helpful, patient and realised the expectations of a CE participant.  I am very appreciative of their generosity and willingness in sharing their knowledge. It was a fantastic, fun, busy working environment which I thoroughly enjoyed.“I had been out of the workplace for a number of years. After numerous unsuccessful attempts towards gaining employment, I was becoming wary of my prospects of securing a job at all, never mind in an administrative capacity.  I have a huge interest in the education sector.  When I became aware of the position advertised for an office assistant in the Adult Education Office in the Women’s Community Projects in Mullingar, I felt it was tailored made just for me.

I participated on a number of courses while working on the Scheme and am extremely grateful to my CE Supervisors who were approachable at all times and showed a genuine interest in my progress.  They facilitated training whenever possible.  Their advice on jobs available and knowledge on how best to gain employment was very beneficial to me.  In fact, the job in which I am presently employed was brought to my attention by my CE Supervisor.

I would advise anyone considering a CE Scheme to have an interest in the role the scheme is offering.  I also believe that it is important for a person’s progress to avail of any training that is offered to them.  One of the courses I completed was on payroll which I didn’t really expect I would be using, but in actual fact I believe it may have been one of the factors in acquiring my present position.  A qualification is no load to carry!

My time on a CE Scheme was time well spent and served as a bridge from being unemployed to employed.”

(Orla Lynch 16.03.18) – Former participant of Women’s Community Projects Training & Education Dept.)


If you are eligible for any of our positions and wish to apply, or are interested in becoming part of the team at the Women’s Community Projects CLG, please forward your CV to:


Community Employment Supervisor
Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Association CLG
Parish Community Centre
Bishopsgate Street
Co Westmeath

Tel: 044 93 44894



“Supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, which is funded by the Irish Government”