The Community Employment (CE) programme (more commonly known as the ‘CE Scheme’) 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.

If you are a participant in the CE scheme, you can take up other part-time work during your placement. After the placement, you are encouraged to look for permanent jobs elsewhere, based on the experience and new skills you have gained while on a Community Employment scheme.

Everything you need to know and all your questions answered can also be found here on the Citizen’s Information Website:

Citizens Information – What is a CE Scheme and How do I apply?


We have three CE Scheme’s here in County Kildare Leader Partnership:

Kildare Small Jobs :

Enterprise Skills Programme:

The Dara Project:

If you have any further queries – Please contact 

The Department of Social Protection have created a video explaining all about Community Employment with some participant testimonials included, and it can be viewed here: