The Local Employment Services (LES) were set up to help long-term unemployed people find work. The LES provide mediators who support individuals with their job search and liaise with local employers. Note: Many employment services are now provided through the new Intreo offices.
The services provided by the LES are tailored to the needs of each individual client and the local environment within which they operate. Services provided include guidance, training, education and employment supports and are made available through a network of Contact Points.
Key Services include:
- Labour Market information: Provision of information and advise on areas that relate to the client labour market situation, such as welfare-to-work issues, education, employment and training opportunities, including referral to related services.
- Mediation and Guidance: Registration and orientation; provision of intensive personalised guidance leading to development of a career path plan; career counselling; referral to other LESNs or third party agencies; assistance with securing active labour market programmes and employment; post-placement supports.
- Group Guidance: Provision of tailored options to meet the needs of a specific client group.
- Client-Employer Liaison: Contact with employers, identification of vacancies suited to clients and potential training needs; advocating on behalf of clients; information and referral to job vacancies.
- Post-Employment Programme Assistance: Provision of the full range of LESN supports to persons experiencing difficulty in accessing employment from labour market programmes.
- Post-Training/Education Programme Assistance: Provision of the full range of LESN supports to persons experiencing difficulty in accessing employment from employment related training or education.
The LES operates through a network of Offices and outreach centres known as 'Contact Points'. These are located in 24 designated disadvantaged areas. For more information: click here
Note: If a jobseeker refuses or fails to participate in suitable education, training or development opportunities, without just cause or good reason and/or drop out of the process the Department may recall them for an interview and their social welfare payment may be affected.