The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 21st of April, over 300 full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 54 full time and part time positions advertised, along with 18 employment programme positions in the last week.
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Westmeath Community Development Information Events to provide job seeking, education and community supports
Following the successful implementation of the Local and Community Development Programme, which helped over 250 unemployed people in Westmeath return to work or become self employed in 2014 , Westmeath Community Development are rolling out the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme in the county (SICAP)
This is a new government initiative “that aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected” (POBAL 2015).
Acting CEO of WCD, Frank Murtagh said, “We are hosting a series of these information events in towns and villages in Westmeath, starting in Ferrick’s Public House, Rathowen on Thursday April 23rd. We had a very good year in 2014, and we hope that we can achieve similar results in 2015. We are developing very strong links with local employers and this is increasing the numbers of people who are securing work locally. Our most recent examples of this are Guiney’s, Esquires and Let’s talk solar, with 15 of our clients securing work with these local employers since the beginning of the year.