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Partas Community Employment Programme

What is the Community Employment Programme

The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed (or otherwise disadvantaged) to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities.


The training provided through CE is delivered within a Quality Assurance framework. See details of recognised courses on that can be achieved and that lead to major awards on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Expenditure towards training on the CE programme is funded through the National Training Fund (NTF) administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

When a person’s CE placement ends, the person is encouraged to seek a job elsewhere using the skills, experience and training gained while participating on the CE scheme.

The duration of a CE placement is for 12 months with some exceptions.

How to Qualify

The general qualifying age for CE is 21 years.

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


Some exceptions exist and it is best to speak to a member of staff in your local Intreo Centre for more information about the qualifying criteria.

In general, all placements are for one year only, but if a CE participant is undertaking training to achieve a major award, the participant's time can be extended by up to two years to allow him or her to complete the training which will enhance his or her overall employment prospects.


Eligible people over 55 years of age can remain on CE for three years without having to meet the requirement that they are training for a major award.

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