The Job Initiative is a programme providing full-time employment for people who are 35 years of age or over, unemployed for 5 years or more, and in receipt of social welfare payments over that period.

The programme is sponsored by groups wishing to benefit the local community, namely voluntary organisations, public bodies and those involved in not-for-profit activities benefiting both employee and community.

The main purpose of the programme is to assist long-term unemployed people to prepare for work opportunities. The programme achieves this by providing participants with work experience, training and development opportunities

Listed below are Community Groups which sponsor Job Initiative Employees.

  • Inishowen Learning Disability Network, Buncrana
  • K & M Connolly Foundation, Malin
  • Lifestart Services Limited, Newtowncunningham
  • Naomh Padraig GAA, Muff
  • Newtowncunnigham Community Development Initiative
  • Newtowncunningham Interchurch Housing Association LTD
  • Buncrana Tidy Towns
  • Cashel na Cor Learning Disabilities Association LTD, Buncrana

Following changes introduced to the Job Initiative scheme by the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment in late 2004, there is currently no recruitment onto the scheme while existing participants will have their contracts renewed.

For more information on the Job Initiative Programme contact:
Pauline Coyle,
Team Leader,
Inishowen Development Partnership
Tel: 074 9320729.
Mob: 086 1739920

Quotes from Sponsor Groups of the Job Initiative Programme

Clonmany Mental Health Ass

Clonmany Mental Health Association is a voluntary group of local people whose purpose is providing social care and support to older people within the St. Columbeille Village. The complex comprises a High Support Unit, 20 sheltered housing units and a daycentre. Through the Job Initiative programme the Association acquired an administrator who is invaluable to the efficient running of the centre. The Administrator’s role is varied and includes accounts and wages, telephone and reception duties, allocation of annual leave and much more. The Clonmany Mental Health Association cannot stress strongly enough the importance of retaining our Job Initiative Employee.
Kathleen Doherty

Cashel na Cor Resource Centre

Mary is a participant on the Inishowen Development Partnership Jobs Initiative Programme. She works 39 hrs per week in Cashel Na Cor Resource Centre. A recently opened Day Centre for young adults with learning disabilities. Catering for up to 40 Service Users, run by the H.S.E. supported by voluntary groups. The nurses and care staff are kept busy with duties of care. Our JI worker is important to them especially as she is always on hand to handle queries at the reception and answer the telephone.
Mary Doherty

CLG Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin

Many thanks to FAS and the Inishowen Development Partnership for your continued support in maintaining and upgrading our facilities which are being used on a continuous basis by the local community of all ages.
Michael Mc Menamin