Supporting Employment

SECAD Partnership supports people into employment in South and East Cork

Our employment service aims to guide you towards the right supports depending on your needs and circumstances, be it unemployed  or perhaps in need of short term job specific training and help to apply for jobs.

SECAD’s dedicated and experienced team of four employment officers, can provide targeted intensive support in the form of advice and guidance, education or training to better equip you as a jobseeker to avail of job opportunities including training and/or work placements and facilitate your return to employment or self- employment.  Services are delivered at SECAD’s hubs with community partners in Midleton, Macroom, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Youghal, Cobh and Blarney.

Who does SECAD Partnership aim to deliver employment support services to?

SECAD supports people returning to employment including people who are Long-Term Unemployed (LTU) and people experiencing issues ranging from literacy, mental health challenges and other barriers.

Additionally, we support people who are:

  • Finishing employment schemes such as Tús, Community Employment (CE) schemes and the Job Path programme to help bridge the transition to from work placement to employment.
  • Unemployed people
  • People out of the workforce for extended periods (e.g. homemakers), not necessarily in receipt of a social welfare payment but in need of information or support to return to work and or training.

SECAD’s employment support team also actively works with local community services including local Department of Social Protection offices, adult education networks, family resource centres etc. to make links to best support clients. This support includes helping you to write an effective CV and to prepare for interviews.

Our service is impartial, non- judgmental and confidential. We would be happy to have a chat to determine if our service is right for you.

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Employment Inclusion

Employment Inclusion with The Strive Programme works to bring adults with disabilities closer to the labour market

One-to-One Services

Providing One-to-One Services to help with writing an effective CV, preparing for interviews and more.

Skills Training

SECAD Partnership supports jobseekers to improve skills and employability through training across construction, food and health sectors. In addition to skills, programmes also aim to develop participants' skills to research and apply for jobs, as well as social and communication skills necessary for the workplace.

Supporting Employment Case Studies

Group Supports - Healthcare QQI programme

Grainne started the Healthcare QQI course in December 2017. She had no previous experience with Secad but was referred by a friend,

Group Supports - Healthcare QQI programme

Before starting the health care course at SECAD Jackie was a stay at home parent for almost twenty years.

Employment Support - Lorraine Gamble

Lorraine Gamble saw the writing on the wall at her employment in sewing and tailoring business back in 2015. Lorraine was aware should would soon be out of a job with a steady decline in business.

Employment Support - Jose Manuel Moreira Ferreira

José Moreira has a background of working for 38 years in Portugal in skilled roles including logistics and operations and managing large teams across different regions.

Employment Support - Barbara Murphy

In January 2017 Barbara Murphy returned home to Ireland after having to emigrate to live and work in Germany since 2013. Barbara soon found herself frustrated and disheartened by then jobs market in Cork.

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