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Employment Scheme

Community Employment Scheme Opportunities with DWCR

We offer a variety of opportunities for those who would like to get part-time, temporary work experience through our Community Employment Scheme.

The Community Employment (CE) Programme is designed to support unemployed people into employment and further training. It is also a key resource to the work of Drogheda Women and Children’s Refuge. CE offers on the job training and an opportunity to participate in further education and training.

Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year or more or 18 years and over for certain disadvantaged groups. Your eligibility will have to be verified by the Department of Social Protection.

Job opportunities within our scheme

  • Refuge Support Worker in a residential setting
  • Outreach Support Worker
  • Childcare worker
  • Shop/Retail Assistant
  • Housekeeping
  • Administrator
  • Maintenance Support Worker
  • Cleaners
  • Retail Assistant
  • Social Media Awareness worker

What training can I receive?

While you are working with DWCR you will receive training specific to your role, which can be supported up to QQI Level 6 ECCE (Minor & Major)
You will also receive mandatory training on CE, which include:

  • First Aid Responder
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety
  • Child Protection

How do I know if I am suitable for CE?

If you are interested in a training opportunity with DWCR, you need to contact our CE Supervisor: 089 4875657 – for further information and an interview.

You will also need to contact a Case Officer in Social Welfare to confirm eligibility for CE.

All of our CE positions are advertised on and on our social media platforms.

All our positions are subject to Garda Vetting.

Testimonial from past CE participant:

“Really enjoyed experience on Community Employment in Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge and enjoyed being part of the team. Training was fantastic especially Trauma Informed Care, Helpline training, Wrap training and Facilitation training. I highly recommend the Scheme for anyone interested in building their confidence by developing skills and practical use of the skills on the job.”

~ Frances

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