Another way of gaining experience and staying in touch with the jobs market while you are seeking full time work is to do a work placement or internship.  This could give you an edge when applying for jobs in the future. Employers benefit from having someone contribute to their business, whilst also enhancing the skills and career prospects of the individual.

Job Bridge National Internship Scheme

JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period. The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills.

Interns receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the internship. To be eligible you must be on the Live Register and currently in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance or signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits for at least 3 months in the last 6 months.  You can browse advertised internships which are available around the country at www.jobbridge.ie. If you are selected the host organisation will give you a social welfare form which you bring to your local Social Welfare Office.



TÚS Workplacement Scheme

The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are to be provided by community and voluntary organisations. In South and East Cork the Tús initiative is managed by SECAD (South and East Cork Area Development. However if you are interested you should first contact your local Social Welfare office, since this is where candidates are selected before names are passed on to SECAD.

Within SECAD the Tús Community Employment Initiative commenced in 2011 and it has been steadily growing since. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are to be provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Tús initiative is managed by local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme.

A current overview of our experiences to date is as follows:

• The scheme is now up and running within SECAD and there has been an excellent response from both the community groups and the participants to date.

• By March 2012 we had 112 groups on board with 145 positions currently identified. This number is increasing on a daily basis with several more groups ‘expressing an interest’ as the initiative commences in the local communities.

• By March 2012 we had 120 participants placed within the community groups . We have since been given an extra allocation for a further twenty places and we are endeavoring to fill these places by April 2012. East Cork Area Development (SECAD) Ltd

• The types of community and voluntary groups include Family Resource Centres, sports clubs, community radio, community councils, youth groups, charity shops, overseas development groups, groups for people with disabilities, supported living accommodation, heritage and cultural groups.

• All the candidates whom we have placed to date have given a very positive feedback to the scheme and are delighted to be back working and having a daily routine again. Also all the community groups have given very positive feedback on the candidates whom they have taken on.

• We have found a variety of skills from the available participants. A high number of them were from a construction background, but we also found people with experience in administration, electrical testing, art, radio and much more.

• Training is provided to all of the candidates placed on this scheme. The types and amount of training will be decided depending on available budgets.

• Employment supports, such as CV Preparation, Interview Skills, information on Benefits and information on Supports and Training are also offered to candidates whom we are unable to place

Rural Social Scheme

The provision of a Rural Social Scheme (RSS) was initiated by the Minister for Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D. and announced in the Budget of December 2003. The RSS was launched in May 2004. The aims of the RSS are to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities.

The RSS allows low-income farmers in the SECAD area who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding, to earn a supplementary income in return for 19.5 hours work per week, undertaken within the community and voluntary sector.

While responsibility for the operation of the RSS rests with the Department, it is managed at a local level by the LEADER groups and in the Gaeltacht by the LEADER groups in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta. Participants under RSS are employees of their implementing body.

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd currently has 17 participants and one Supervisor. Communities benefiting from the scheme include Araglin, Ballynoe, Bartlemy, COPE Mallow, Glenville, Kilavullen, Kilworth, Rathpeacon.


To be eligible to participate on the RSS you must be in receipt of Farm/Fish Assist or meet the criteria for a Self Employed Farmer have also been allocated and an active herd/flock/pig herd/equine number from the Department of Agriculture and Food is a minimum requirment.


Categories of Work

> Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways

> Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off

> Village and countryside enhancement projects

> Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups

> Environmental maintenance work-maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities

> Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres

> Appropriate community projects identified during the course of the scheme

> Community Administration/Clerical work

For further information on the programme contact Frances Burke on 021 461 3432 or email fburke@secad.ie


Gateway was announced in Budget 2013 and is a County and City Council work placement scheme designed to provide short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The scheme is intended to assist the personal and social development of participants by providing short-term work opportunities with the objective of bridging the gap between unemployment and re-entering the workforce.

The types of projects to be worked on under Gateway include (but are not limited to) the following
  • Village Enhancement Schemes
  • Landscaping
  • Tourism Ambassadors
  • Control of animals
  • Libraries
  • New projects - Brown Field Site Remediation


To be eligible to participate on Gateway, an individual must:
  • Have been continuously unemployed for at least 24 months and "signing on" on a full-time basis; and
  • Have been receiving a jobseeker's payment (Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance) from the Department of Social Protection for at least 24 months; and
  • Be currently receiving Jobseeker's Allowance.

Employment Services Department of Social Protection

Employment Services DSP provides outreach services in the SECAD area. This is a good port of call if you are seeking training, education or a job.

Talent Tank

Talent Tank enables businesses to get in touch with people who have the skills they need, and who are willing to showcase their talents by working for free, for a limited time.

Wherever you are, and whatever industry you work in (or want to work in), Talent Tank can help you find the right match.



IBEC graduate scheme

The IBEC graduate scheme is to assist recent graduates improve their skills during the current downturn and prepare them for the economic recovery.




The ETB offer a guidance service to adults on education and employment. They have a service in Youghal and Ballincollig.


EmployAbility promote employment rights and independence for people with a disability. They empower people with a disability to find paid employment and develop their career. They provide recruitment advice and employment support services for the business community.

To make an appointment in your local area contact:

Employability Service Cork, 33 Penrose Wharf, Penrose Quay, Cork


Tel: 021 429 4949
Fax: 021 429 3828

Email: info@employabilitycork.ie

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