Community Employment Scheme (CE SCHEME)

Galway Rural Development are the sponsors of the Community Employment Scheme and has administered the scheme since 2002 . The scheme is funded by the Department of Social Protection.


The CE Scheme is designed to help people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment for one year or more to re-enter the active workforce. One of the main features of the CE Scheme is that it offers the Participants the opportunity to engage in accredited training, while at the same time partake in useful work for Community Groups.

Within, the Programme itself a Participant Development budget is provided for each Participant. Solas evening courses are also free to CE Participants. Training undertaken by the Participants on the CE Scheme includes:




Child Psychology




Horticultural Tools and Equipment




Health and Safety at Work




Signing, Lighting and Guarding of Roadworks




Domestic Plumbing




Occupational First Aid




Activating Communications



Special Needs Assisting


Care Support


Care Of the Older Person


Sage Accounts


Thesaurus Payroll

There are 15 Participants on the CE Scheme under the Supervision of 1 Supervisor.

Five Participants are trained to specialise in dementia care. Their main objective is to provide Home-care to Clients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Demenita. In addition, the provision of care in a safe environment at the two day centres which are located in Knocknacarra & Merlin Park. Each Family knows that their relative is cared for in a professional and caring manner. A Participant delivers the Sonas Programme (Activating Communications) at the day centres where all Clients partake in gentle exercises and sing-songs. An extra Participant provides clerical support to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (ASI) who are Project Partners.

Within the offices of Galway Rural Development a further four Participants are given the opportunity to learn new skills through working for the various programme, LCDP, CE, and HOMESTART Programmes. Also, upgrading the GRD website and assist the Employment Mediators and BTW Co ordinator.

Five Participants work as General Operatives in Craughwell providing manpower through their valuable skills to Craughwell United, G.A.A. St. Michael’s Community Centre and Tidy Towns.

Photos of projects completed by the 5 Participants since April 2011 can be viewed under Gallery on this website.


All CE vacancies must be registered with the National Call Centre. Vacancies will be displayed on Jobs Ireland. Under the new procedures every CE vacancy has to be matched by Employment Services. People can no longer apply to the scheme directly, they have to be submitted through the Officer matching the vacancy. The Officer at Fás Island House will then send the Sponsor (GRD) a list of eligible people to interview. Duration on scheme is 1 to 6 years depending on age and social welfare circumstances prior to joining CE.

As these positions are developmental opportunities, no experience is necessary. Accredited training will be provide to support the successful Applicants career.

Further information can be obtained from Mary Feeney, CE Supervisor.

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.