Community Employment

The Community Employment Scheme is sponsored by the Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Association Ltd and funded by the Department of Social Protection (DSP).

The Community Employment Scheme currently employs 20 participants at WCP Mullingar and over 50 childcare participants in various locations in Westmeath. It is staffed by two Community Employment supervisors and one assistant supervisor. The C.E Scheme supports the daily activities of Women’s Community Projects. Participants gain work experience in various areas including Childcare caring for children from 2 years to 12 years where Participant’s are also availing of childcare during their time on C.E.  There are 12 childcare workers, 3 assistant care workers at TEACH FAILTE Women’s and Children’s Hostel and 3 receptionists, 1 cleaner and 1 caretaker working at the Parish Community Centre.

Participants have the opportunity to take part in many QQI level 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 accredited courses in Childcare, Health Care Support, Reception, Computers, Cleaning, Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Occupational First Aid provided by the Adult Learners Department within the Women’s Community Projects Ltd and outside training providers while participating on the Scheme.

Solas staff and Community Employment participants, past & present, pictured on Cert night on 17th of February 2014

 

Community Employment participants pictured with staff and members of the board of management on Cert Night November 2012

Expanding the Community Employment Programme

Scheme Transfers

In February 2013, Department of Social Protection nominated WCP Ltd to become the main sponsor of the new Pilot Childcare programme for Community Employment. The WCP Ltd where honoured to accept this position and on the 8th of July 2013 the following Community Childcare Facilities CE Participants within Westmeath transferred to the Women’s Community Projects Ltd

Breakdown of CE participants employed by Women’s Community Projects

Facility

Vacancies filled

Vacancies

Total   Places

Cairdeas Childcare, Kinnegad

Clonbrusk Childcare, Athlone

Grange Community Childcare, Mullingar

Jordan Playschool, Castlejordan

Killucan Childcare, Killucan

Ennell Court Childcare, Mullingar

Little Blessings, Ballynacargy

Stepping Stones, Rathowen

Dalton Community Childcare, Mullingar

WCP Lt Childcare

WCP Ltd (other)

Brawny Childcare, Athlone

2 x Supervisors and 1 x Assistant Supervisor

05

15

00

05

06

01

04

05

01

12

11

01

03

01

03

01

01

03

00

01

0

00

02

00

0

0

06

18

01

06

09

01

05

05

01

14

11

01

03

Total

68

13

81

Brawney Childcare, Athlone, Co Westmeath transferred to WCP Ltd on 28th October 2013 with 1 participant.

In December Ballymore Community Childcare submitted a plan to DSP for places on scheme and was approved two places with effect from 20th January 2014.

The current scheme ran from 13th May 2012 with 20 places and continued until January 2014 with 80 places. The rollover scheme started on 20th January 2014 to 16th January 2015 with 91 places approved & 3 supervisors.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants

The criteria for participating on the Community Employment programme are based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments.

In general, the Part-time Integration Option is for people of 25 or over who are receiving social welfare payments for 1 year or more, and people of 18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments.

The Part-time Job Option is for people who are 35 or over and in receipt of social welfare payments for 3 years or longer.

You can contact you local SOLAS formerly FAS office to register and check you eligibility for Community Employment or check their link page www.solas.ie for further information.

Vacancies for Community Employment

There are currently vacancies in Childcare which are advertised on the FAS Jobs Ireland at www.solas.ie and on the vacancies section of this website. Garda Clearance is required for all vacancies on C.E Scheme at the Women’s Community Projects Ltd. 

If you are eligible and are interested in becoming part of the team at the Women’s Community Projects Ltd, please forward your CV to:

Ms. Mary McKnight
Community Employment Supervisor
Women’s Community Projects (Mullingar) Association Ltd
Parish Community Centre
Bishopsgate Street
Mullingar
Co Westmeath

Tel: 044 93 44894

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