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SICAP (2015-2017)

SICAP (2015-2017)


Welcome to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) page.

What is SICAP?

The aim of SICAP is 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.

Programme Implementers, with the support of Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), will target those who are the most disadvantaged and excluded in our society. LCDCs in conjunction with the contracted Programme Implementers are required to empower communities to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders using a broad range of supports and interventions facilitated via the new programme funds.

The Programme has three goals:

1. To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues;

2. To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches;

3. To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.

 

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

 

Updated: 01/09/2015

Request for Tender: Care Skills Course

Westmeath Community Development invites proposals from organisations & individuals to deliver accredited care skills modules. Individuals and organisations are sough that have skills and experience in delivering training to diverse groups, unemployed individuals, youth and the ability to deliver in both rural and urban areas of Westmeath in the following modules:

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) 5N1729
  • Care Skills Fetac 5N2770
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Manual/patient Handling
  • Infection Control 5N3734

The Care Skills Course is funded by the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme 2015-2017 and the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF).

The price quoted should be inclusive of travel and subsistence and all other course materials and associated costs. The module shall be delivered over a minimum of 3 days per week full time commencing in or around 10th April 2017. The successful tenderer will be required to report to a designated staff member on a weekly basis. A second course may be contracted to the successful tenderer subject to client demand, the tenderer fulfilling all the contract requirements and successful completion of the initial course.

Information to be submitted

Each tender proposal should include the following:

  • Individual/Company profile including personnel and resources necessary to satisfy suitability criteria
  • Areas of expertise, details of relevant qualifications and experience and skills relevant to the delivery of the proposed modules
  • Details of experience of any sub-consultants which are to be used in the programme delivery
  • Certification/validation capacity and experience
  • Outline of proposed training modules, scheduling and timeframe
  • Methodology; tenders should include details outline the proposed approach to the work and how it is to be implemented
  • Fee proposal; tender should include a detailed breakdown of all costs, as this is a training initiative VAT does not apply
  • Details of at least two previous clients who would provide a testimonial
  • Service providers must produce a valid Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Service providers must hold and produce a copy of their Professional Indemnity Insurance

Providers should note that they will be required to show flexibility and programme contents; structure and delivery mechanisms may need to be adjusted to meet Westmeath Community Developments training needs.

Award of Contract

  1. A selection panel will be established to review the tenders received. 
  2. It is anticipated that bidders will be notified of the outcome of this tender exercise during week commencing 27th March 2017.   The successful contractor will be expected to start work on or around 10th April 2017
  3. Westmeath Community Development shall be under no obligation to accept the lowest, or any tender, and tenderers shall submit offers on the basis of so doing at no cost to the company.
  4. Tender value is the final value and cannot be adjusted.

Tendering individuals/organisations may be requested to attend an interview.

Closing date for receipt of tender: Friday 24/03/2017 at 5 p.m.

One soft-copy must be submitted by email to: tmckenna@westcd.ie

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Free bus from Athlone to Major Jobs Expo in Galway - 11/02/17

Jobs Expo is Ireland’s leading employment and jobs fair (www.jobsexpo.ie). Jobs Expo is being held in Galway on Saturday 11th February and Westmeath Community Development as part of the SICAP programme is organising a Bus to attend this exciting event.

At Jobs Expo you can:

- meet leading employers from all sectors with real job vacancies;

- visit a Seminar Zone which features dynamic, interesting speakers;

- receive free professional development advice at the Career Clinic.


Westmeath Community Development Ltd provides help to eligible individuals in finding employment, education or training.

Such help includes:

  • CV preparation
  • Interview preparation and Skills
  • Assistance with Job Applications
  • Information on training and education support
  • Provision of tailored job specific training

All services are free of charge

Book before 3rd February 2016 and we will set you up with a personalised Expo Preparation Pack to allow you to make the best use of your time at the Exhibition.

Advance booking and registration as a client of WCD is required (eligibility criteria may apply). Contact Seamus or Brendan on 090 6494555 or email ssupport@westcd.ie

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Invitation to Tender - Establishment of Panel of Trainers - Jan 17

Westmeath Community Development is creating a panel of training, education and employment & enterprise advisors service providers with whom to engage over the next 12 months for the purposes of delivery of a broad range of accredited or unaccredited modules in areas such as business development, food hygiene, first aid, construction and retail. Individuals and organisations are sough that have skills and experience in delivering training and mentoring to diverse groups, youth and the ability to deliver in both rural and urban areas of Westmeath in the following modules:

Enterprise

  • Social Enterprise advice and support
  • Book Keeping, marketing, taxation supports and advice

Specific industry Employment/technical skills training

  • HACCP
  • Food Science 5M5267
  • Microsoft office training beginner and intermediate levels
  • Safe Pass
  • QQI Door Security Level 4
  • QQI Guarding Skills Level 4

Health Care Skills

  • Occupational First Aid QQI 5N1207
  • Manual Handling
  • Patient Handling

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Westmeath Community Development Ltd Invite

Westmeath Community Development Ltd invites tenders from organisations & individuals to;              

  • evaluate the work done under Goal 3 of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), for the output, “Progression into full time and part time employment”, in Westmeath;
  • to compare with other successful examples, both nationally and internationally, of initiatives to link the unemployed, unemployed youth with local employers;
  • to develop a develop a tools and guidance template of best practice

Background and Context: SICAP is the national local community development programme.  It has 3 overarching goals:

  • To support individuals and community groups to address issues of social exclusion and inequality.
  • To support individuals to participate in lifelong learning, education and training opportunities.
  • To support individuals to access employment and self-employment.

Research Objective:

To evaluate the work done under Goal 3 of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), for the output, Progression into full time and part time employment, in Westmeath, and compile a report on the work done to date and identify areas of strength and weakness, and areas for future development.

Key Tasks:

  1. 1.Review with SICAP staff work done with clients and employers that led to employment outcomes.
  2. 2.Review with SICAP client’s supports provided by SICAP which contributed to them securing employment.
  3. 3.Review with employers the supports provided by SICAP staff and how this contributed to SICAP clients securing employment.
  4. 4.Compile a report on 1-3 above, and highlight areas of good practice, areas of weakness, and areas to be developed in the future.

Closing Date for Tenders: 1pm Monday 7th November 2016

Timeframe for completing the evaluation: To commence no later than Monday 14th November, and be completed no later than Monday 12th December 2016.

It is anticipated that bidders will be notified of the outcome of this tender exercise during week commencing 7th November 2016.   The successful bidder will be expected to start the week beginning Monday 14th November 2016.

Westmeath Community Development shall be under no obligation to accept the lowest, or any tender, and tenderers shall submit offers on the basis of so doing at no cost to the company.

Tender value is the final value and cannot be adjusted.

Tendering individuals/organisations may be requested to attend an interview. A selection panel may be established to review the tenders received. 

Tenders should be addressed to: Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO, Westmeath Community Development, Enterprise, Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

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Employment Opportunities 28th Oct 2016

Employment opportunities


28th October 2016                   

                                      

The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 28th October 2016 there were 42 full time and part time positions, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS advertised in Westmeath.

In the surrounding counties there were 203 fulltime, part time and employment programme vacancies advertised positions advertised.

For further information click http://www.jobsireland.ie/

If you would like help applying for positions, or assistance with a CV and application forms please contact Patricia McKenna, Employment Mediator on 044 93 48571, email tmckenna@westcd.ie   or Noel Breslin, Job Club Manager on 090 64 94555, email nbreslin@westcd.ie   or Seamus Kearns Employment Mediation in our Athlone branch email skearns@westcd.ie

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