Community Employment Scheme (CE SCHEME)

Galway Rural Development CLG sponsor a Community Employment scheme and has administered the scheme since 2002.  The role of the sponsor of a CE project is to provide a meaningful work programme and training plan for each participant.  The GRD scheme has approval for 19 participants and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) are project partners.


The supervisor oversees the administrative, technical and participant development aspects of the project.


  • Clerical  -  8
  • Environmental  -  9
  • Care Support  -  2

Producing a weekly jobs and training bulletin  for the SICAP programme which is  available on

Extensive clerical support to the BTWE Officer and assisting with applications.

  • Compiling documents for external SICAP events and assisting at such events.

  • Accounts and Payroll support for the Community Employment Programme.

  • Work activity involved with improvements to facilities and support to GAA/Soccer/Athletics.

  • Work activity involved with the improvements of Tidy Towns Activities and Church Grounds.

  • Work activity which involves the enhancing and provision of community amenities and services.

  • Work related to the provision of advice and information, especially to the unemployed.

  • Engaging in activities with the clients which is suited to meet their individual needs.

  • Provide respite to the primary carer in the clients own home.

  • Deliver Cognitive Stimulation Therapy to clients with mild to moderate Dementia

  • Assist with care plans and set up referrals.


The aim of CE is to enhance the employability and mobility of disadvantaged and unemployed persons by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities.  In addition, it helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine.  The CE Scheme is funded by the Department of Social Protection.  The Department’s priority in supporting CE is having access to schemes that can provide jobseekers and other vulnerable groups with good quality work experience and QQI training qualifications to support their progression into employment.


Eligibility to participant on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and applicants must also be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year


Part Time Integration Option: 1 year on CE and some participants may be re-engaged for a consecutive 12 months, with DSP approval.

Part Time Jobs Option:  Up to 3 years on CE for under 55, up to 6 years for 55 to State Pension Age.

Service Support Option: For those aged 62 up to State Pension age.


Participant development is the central feature of CE.  This includes development opportunities provided through the project work programme and education and training provided under the training budget.  The supervisor will identify the development and training needs of each participant on the project and the participant progression options.


All CE vacancies are advertised on the jobs Ireland website and the GRD weekly jobs bulletin.  Further information can be obtained from Mary Feeney-CE Supervisor 091 844335

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.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.