Employment Pathways Service (EPS)


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SECAD delivers the Employment Pathways Service (EPS) in Youghal; Midleton; Cobh; Carrigaline; Ballincollig; Macroom with outreach to the Muskerry Gaeltacht.  SECAD had formerly been delivering employment services on a one to one level in Midleton and Youghal for several years. From 2015 onwards we extended this delivery to 6 separate delivery sites, with an outreach to the Muskerry Gaeltacht. SECAD is now also extending this service delivery to the Blarney area.

SECAD delivers the Employment Pathways Service in targeted towns based on the highest level of deprivation (TH index) during rollout of SICAP.

This service focuses on the following elements:

·      One to one support for individuals furthest from the labour market to explore options around employment, self-employment, training and education;

·      Group level support around CV preparation, interview skills, Technology for Work skills, social welfare guidance including support around Back to Education Allowance and access to other public employment services including JobBridge, Tús, JobPath, Education and Training Board (ETB) training opportunities, etc.

·      Accessing online and web based employment support and recruitment platforms.

·      Youth focussed activation programme, KICKSTART in one area.

·      Employer Engagement – SECAD worked with local business associations and small companies to highlight the benefits of recruiting unemployed people e.g. Jobplus, JobBridge and to identify suitable vacancies.

If you are interested in accessing this service please enquire with us on 021-4613432. 

Safety Skills for Work

Construction and Food & Hospitality Sectors 

SECAD provides people seeking employment in the Construction sector with a 2 day activation programme including the opportunity to gain a Manual Handling Cert and a Safe Pass Card.  A key element involved participants learning how to put together an effective CV and how to prepare for an interview.

Additionally, those interested in employment in the Food & Hospitality sector are offered the opportunity to gain a Food Safety Certificate & Manual Handling award coupled with practical guidance on tailoring and presenting their CV’s for the sector in question.

Construction workers are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card and it is also useful for people who are seeking work as general operatives in the manufacturing sector.

Participants on the one and a half day Food Safety course, receive a Manual Handling Cert and a Level 1 HACCP & Allergy Awareness Cert and again, are shown how to put together an effective CV and how to prepare for an interview.

The aim of the course is to give participants the skills and knowledge required to be able to handle and store food safely and an understanding of the basic rules of HACCP & Allergen Awareness.

The feedback from the participants has been very positive and it was felt that taking part in the course provided them with a better chance of gaining employment.  When asked what other supports they felt they might need, the majority of respondents were looking for help with how to apply for jobs online.  SECAD also provides supports in this area.

If you are interested in this training please enquire with us on 021-4613432.

Supporting Self-Employment & Enterprise start-ups


Cumas SECAD Female Entrepreneurship Programme

SECAD developed and delivered this pilot Programme in conjunction with Rubicon (CIT) and Udaras na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary, West Cork. The programme provided key supports for female self-starters in the following areas;

  • Support to identify sound business ideas;
  • Personal motivation & goal setting;
  • 1-2-1 Business mentoring; Support in preparing a business plan; Presentation skills & confidence building;
  • Marketing & utilising social media;
  • as well as financing and other supports.

Confectionery masterpiece produced by one of our female entrepreneurs for Showcase in Ballingeary

Some of the products on display

A busy Showcase event organised in the Community Hall in Ballingeary by SECAD, Rubicon & Udaras na Gaeltachta

If you are interested in this training please enquire with us on 021-4613432.

KickStart Your JobSearch with SECAD

(for under 18-24 year age group) 

The purpose of the KickStart Your Job Search 2016 Programme is to support young people in the 18 – 25 age group who are unemployed and fall into the overall category of NEETS requiring some direction in order to move forward, into employment, education and/or retraining with a view to future employment options.

The programme aims:

  • To develop (with participants) CV, Cover letter and interview skills at a level enabling them to operate competitively in the jobs market
  • To encourage and support participants to research employment or further training / education options
  • To support participants in achieving an outcome specific to their own individual needs
  • To build on practical computer skills required to resource and support job seeking activities e.g. basic IT / Social media skills
  • Take part in a Mock interview
  • Visit a Company’s business site and get to know what they are looking for
  • Opportunity of working towards availing of vacancies with SECAD’s Employment Engagement service.

In delivering previous pathway programmes, SECAD identified in conjunction with our community partners that the younger set of unemployed people were not actively engaging and remained on the periphery of many employment and/or activation supports.

If you are interested in this training please enquire with us on 021-4613432.

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