Community Employment (CE)

What is CE Scheme?

The CE is a DEASP Employment Programme which has been designed to assist people who are long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities.

During the placement, participants are encouraged to seek permanent or part-time jobs elsewhere based on the experience and new skills they have gained through the training and development opportunities they have achieved in their chosen career path while on a scheme.

CE Eligibility

Please refer to your local DEASP office to check your eligibility to participate on CE. In general, you should be in receipt of a DEASP payment in your own right for a period of no less than 12 months. More information on eligibility can be found at

A little bit about us … if you like what you hear why not come and join us?
YMCA Dublin has been facilitating the Community Employment scheme since it’s inception in 1994 and have a successful rate of employment. We have CE vacancies in 9 different departements including Fitness, Finance, Childcare, Catering, Youth Work, Housekeeping, IT/Communications, Maintenance and Reception/Administration. 


On the job training: Training that is needed for you to carry out your day to day duties on the scheme.

Offsite training: Training that you wish to do or retraining which will help you gain employment in the future.

You will also be given the opportunity to avail of external work experience.

Feedback from our CE participants:

“I  started on my CE scheme on the 29th June 2015 in the YMCA in Aungier St. From the very start I felt at ease with everyone and enjoyed my role first as Ann’s PA and then later I went onto reception. I have learnt a great deal since I have been here. Ann has always been there to help out if I had any problems or concerns. I started my scheme at a time when my confidence was at an all time low as I had not worked for a long time, because I was rearing my young son at that time. In my 3 years on the scheme I have only positive things to say. I finished the CE scheme in June this year and I am happy to say the YMCA offered me a full time position which I am currently doing and loving”.

“Doing a CE scheme in the YMCA has been great. Everyone has been helpful and friendly. I started off working in reception but when I decided to follow my passion and move into fitness they were nothing but supportive of me, and were happy for me to be part of the team.”

For more information or to inquire about joining a Community Employment scheme at YMCA Dublin, contact or phone 01 478 2607.