Local Employment Services - Network - Obair

The Local Employment Service is funded by the Department of Social Protection and works with job seekers who are referred from DSP under the National Action Plan.

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.


The LES 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 and 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

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

The Job Club is funded by Department of Social Protection and is responsible for:

  • 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 (DSP, LMETB 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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