Employment Support Scheme (ESS)

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About the Skills for Life Employment Support Scheme
The Skills for Life Employment Support Scheme is for people aged between 18 and 24 who want to train with the Irish Defence Forces over a ten week period. The scheme gives participants an opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications that will help them to pursue further education or to enter the workforce.
The scheme has two strands: formal learning and physical training. The formal learning strand is classroom based and covers modules such as Communications and Team-Work, SOLAS Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Basic Medical Training, IT Skills and more.  As part of the physical training strand, participants will have an opportunity to increase their overall physical fitness, learn basic outdoor survival techniques and enjoy adventure pursuits like orienteering, abseiling and canoeing.
The 10 week course starts on Monday, 8 October 2018. Participants will stay on-site at the Defences Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare. The stay will be full-time for the first two weeks and from Monday to Friday for the remaining 8 weeks. Accommodation, travel and catering expenses are paid for by the Defence Forces. Participants’ weekly jobseekers payment will increase to €198 whilst taking part in the scheme.
How will taking part in the course help me?
Participants who complete the course receive accreditation across a range of areas including ECDL, Microsoft Office, SOLAS Safe Pass, Manual Handling and First Aid. You will learn important work related skills like team work, self-confidence, discipline, self-motivation and good communication.  Each successful participant will receive a Certificate of Participation and Reference from the Defence Forces and DEASP which will help with job applications.
How to apply?
Please register your interest in this scheme by emailing curraghess@welfare.ie
Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 31 July 2018
To be considered for the programme, you must be receiving a Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit payment from the Department of  Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and also have a valid medical card.
Participants are selected by the DEASP and the Defence Forces.
Further Information
Information sessions are taking place over the coming week; please see details of these events below.  At the sessions, you can speak with trainers from the Defence Forces and DEASP staff to discuss any aspect of the scheme.  The events are open to everyone who wishes to attend.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018:
Intreo Centre, Moorefield Road, Newbridge, Session Times: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm ad 3.30pm
Wednesday 27 June 2018: 
SevenOaks Hotel, Carlow, Session Times: 10am and 11.30am
Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Session Times: 2pm and 3.30pm
Thursday 28 June 2018:
Midland Park Hotel, Port Laoise. Session Times: 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm
Last modified:26/09/2018