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The Irish government has changed the rules, giving Ukrainians access to the CE labour program


The government recently assessed the right to community service under the CE program for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The required total 12-month stay on social benefits, which requires access to CE, has also been reduced to 9 months. 

This employment program allows CE sponsoring organizations to provide work and training opportunities to Ukrainians, with adaptation mechanisms.

Community employment at the expense of people in the local community through work. and better quality and successful adaptation of Ukrainians in Irish society and transition from unemployment to employment with minimal stress.

During the program, participants are offered hands-on on-site training in addition to external learning opportunities for further career plans. Working hours can be part-time in local communities: 19 ½ hours a week or 39 hours a fortnight. A big advantage of starting work with this program is that you can get individual training and support, and access to certified training and development, essentially an important step towards permanent skilled work.

Initial contracts are offered for 1 year but can be extended subject to ongoing training. The following will also be retained: medical card and back-to-school assistance.

CE also supports DSP and offers exciting job opportunities in many sectors:

  • Marketing and sales
  • Tourism
  • Health care
  • Office administration
  • Social network administrators
  • Watchmen/Maintenance
  • Sports
  • Accounting
  • Gardening
  • Culture

    Also, this program was presented to the Ukrainian community in Wicklow Town in the Ukrainian hub Palyanitsa by Martina Robinson, head of Wicklow Town Community Development Ltd. And later at a Jobs fair at Wicklow Local Library.

Community employment is expanding across Ireland, with most communities having access to a CE programme. Check with your local Intreo office for your nearest CE program and find out what opportunities await you on the next stage of your journey in Irish society.