Local Employment Services - Network - Obair

Following the publication of a report prepared by the National Economic and Social Forum on ‘Ending Long-Term Unemployment’, the Government established a Task Group in September 1994 to make proposals for better targeted and more effective services for the long-term unemployed.  The Task Group in their Interim report in February 1995 continued the case for the establishment of an Employment Service to implement a strategy of preventing the drift into long-term unemployment and getting the long-term unemployed back into the world of work.  The Interim Report outlined the basis for a new Local Employment Service which would have the following features:

  • The LES would provide a gateway for the unemployed person through which s/he can find training, education, guidance or placement as required.
  • The service would bring together existing services and supports for the unemployed person in an integrated, focused and effective manner.
  • It would provide a person-centred and planned response to meet the individual’s need and at the end of the day, must be able to place the individual in a conventional job or a special employment opportunity.
  • The LES would have four broad priority groups for the service - the registered long-term unemployed, the registered unemployed for more than six months; dependent spouses of the unemployed, lone parents, young unemployed, NRB referrals.
  • Registration is voluntary but a pro-active approach would be adopted in reaching out to those most in need of help in getting back to the world of work.
  • FAS would provide a range of enhanced core services in its Offices, in support of the Local Employment Service.

An effective Employment Service and supports is the key policy instrument to deliver on an agreed policy framework.  This Service will include contributions from the Department of Social Protection Employment Support Service, the FAS Employment Service and the Local Employment Service.  Enhanced co-operation and complementarity between these services, linked also to the Department of Social Protection welfare payment service is essential.

It is intended that the LES will maintain its specific local character and ethos, and continue to develop its specific role, expertise and engagement with its client target groups.  Apart from that role and consistent with the Employment Action Plan, it should also act as a referral point for particularly ‘hard to place’ unemployed people (who may need the intensive and frequently extended form of mediation which is a feature of the LES) identified through the systematic engagement process which will be delivered in the main through the FAS Employment Service.

The LES is an employment service that operates from a community development methodology which essentially stresses that the process through which individuals go through in their development is as important as the outcome.  A person who is long term unemployed does not only need a job but needs a range of skill and personal development to (a) apply for a job (b) to get the job (c) to get on the workplace (d) to keep the job (e) continue to progress on their career path and life long learning.  These are all achieved through a range of interventions ensuring the change that is needed to bring this about is as important as the end result.


The Gateway Service

The Gateway Service has been established to provide you with information and guidance in a confidential and accessible setting.  For those who are short-term unemployed, it can  provide information on current employment vacancies, both from LES/employer contacts and the FáS Jobs Bank and other internet based job sites.

If you are interested in training or further education, the Gateway Staff can also help you to identify what types of courses are out there for you.

The Gateway team will assist all job seekers with resources and information on:

  • Job vacancies
  • Training programmes
  • Career options
  • Welfare to work information
  • An up-to-date C.V.
  • Access to the internet
  • Use of telephone / FAX / Email

Gateway services are provided in both Dundalk & Drogheda:, contact the main offices for information.

The Mediator Service

Mediation is a specialist one to one service which will provide you with the practical support, guidance and resources needed to re-enter the work-place after unemployment.  The  approach taken centres on you discussing with us what your priorities and goals are, and from there identifying and planning the steps needed to secure those goals.

A key aspect of mediation is the close links the service and  staff have with local employers, an invaluable resource when you are ready to start work again.

Service provision includes practical advice and support on accessing different types of:

  • Employment
  • Training
  • Career Guidance
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment Support Schemes and the Retention of Benefits once Working

 The Career Guidance & Assessment Unit offer clients of the LESN a full career profiling service. The Assessment Unit will use the latest career profiling tools available to assist clients choose appropriate training and career options.

The service offers the following range of assessments:

  • Career Interest Inventory
  • Qualifax
  • Gairm
  • Career Directions

Our fully qualified career guidance staff will assist in career choices in conjunction with our database  of adult training courses.

Jobs Club

Job Club  is your opportunity to learn and develop the skills that you need to successfully get a job. The Job Club training programme is normally run in the mornings . It can also be tailored to meet your individual needs including delivering the training in modules, in a group or on a one to one basis.

Training covers:

  • How to identify what employers are really looking for in new employees
  • How to find the right job for you
  • How to prepare a CV which gets you an interview
  • How to develop successful interview skills

There is no charge for attending the course, and it will not effect your social welfare payments or secondary benefits.  You will have access to all of the support and resources you need to get the right job for you including:

  • Current Job Vacancies
  • Newspapers
  • The Internet
  • Information on training courses
  • An up to date CV

 Louth Leader Partnership provides Jobclub facilities for the Dundalk /North Louth area, and can refer people
To community managed Jobclubs based in Ardee and Drogheda.

For Employers

What Does The Local Employment Service Network Offer Employers?

  • Providing a free and confidential placement service to employers and matching their recruitment needs with the skills and needs of our Job Seeker clients.
  • Providing relevant and up to date information to Employers by assisting them make use of the vast and complex range of employment incentives on offer through the Tax and Social Welfare system.
  • Helping Employers with their recruitment needs by distributing information on Employer vacancies through the existing local network of agencies that operate to assist unemployed people access employment opportunities, and by giving the Employer the opportunity either on a one to one or group basis to speak to interested Job Seekers.
  • Facilitate local Employers to network with each other on common recruitment issues and needs.
  • Facilitate the involvement of businesses in the community, across a range of activities including education networks, arts and cultural programmes, and community development programmes.
  • Working with other agencies (FAS, VEC etc) and other education/training providers, to develop and implement responses to the needs of Employers and Job Seekers.
  • Provide a post placement support to Employers and Job Seekers.

Local Employment Services Network / Obair

For more info on this programme please contact Jerry Rock
041 - 9844755
Siobhan Rankin - siobhan.rankin@dundalkles.com
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This programme can help with: CV Preparation
Retraining in new job skills
English language courses for non-nationals

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