Community Employment (CE) Sponsor Briefing Pack

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Community Employment (CE) Sponsor Briefing Pack

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Community Employment (CE) Sponsor Briefing

The Department of Social Protection (DSP) would like to thank the Sponsors of CE who give of their free time, to help CE Participants and assist in supporting services to local communities.
Thank you for your attention and attendance

Purpose of CE
• Enhance the employability and mobility of unemployed and disadvantaged persons
• Work experience and training within communities • For the long-term unemployed • Temporary fixed term • Referred through Intreo • Sponsored by voluntary and community organisations

Context for CE
External Environment • Over 184,000 on Live register (Jul 2021) • Over 79,000 persons over 1 year unemployed (Jul 2021)
Progression to Employment • Engagement in work-related activities • Training & Development of Participant • Job search supports • Contact with employers
Skills + Work Experience = Best Chance of Employment

Current Picture
• 19,196 Active CE places nationally on 857 schemes (Jul 2021)
• Annual Budget of € 362.7m for 2021
• 1,000 CE placements are reserved to support the re-integration of participants referred to a CE place, on a drug rehabilitation scheme through the delivery of an agreed inter-agency CE Drug Rehabilitation programme
• 2,200 places allocated to childcare places nationally
• 2,800 places are dedicated to health and social care

The CE Agreement
An Agreement, which is made up of an Agreement Contract and Agreement Schedule, determines the relationship between the CE Sponsor and the DSP.
It sets out the terms and conditions that will apply to the operation of the CE project for each contract period.

Responsibilities of DSP as Funder
• DSP will provide grant aid to approved projects. • Manage and co-ordinate the CE application process • Ensure projects are managed in line with the CE Procedures manual • Conduct project monitoring visits on the implementation of the
Individual Learner Plan and work programme • Conduct financial monitoring of the project.

Responsibilities of the Sponsor as Employer
• Provide a meaningful work programme, training and progression plan • Management and the administration of the project • Statutory and legal obligations of an employer • 52 week contracts of employment for supervisors and participants • Monitor Supervisors performance • Provide a safe and secure environment for all staff and clients of the service • Comply with the terms and conditions laid down in the Agreement with DSP

Responsibilities of the Sponsor as Employer continued…
• Ensure Garda Vetting where required • Projects must be non-commercial and not-for-profit; • Incorporate as a legal entity. • Form a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) or a Co-operative. • Keep adequate financial records and controls for each project • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) Circular (13/2014) “Management
of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds” • Adhere to the CE procedures manual and subsequent amendments

The role of the Community Development Officer
• To manage and co-ordinate the CE application process -assess applications -issue acknowledgement -notify sponsor of National Monitoring Committee deadlines -agreement contract and agreement schedule
• To ensure the effective and efficient management of CE schemes -compliance with legislation -participant progression -terms and conditions of work