South Kerry Local Employment Service (LES)

South Kerry Local Employment Service will provide free and confidential information, guidance and job-searching support as well as training and educational opportunities.

South Kerry Development Protection (SKDP) offer this service with an aim to work with disadvantaged groups in the community, to help secure appropriate and sustainable employment, which will lead to a more stable financial future.

What is LES?

The South Kerry Local Employment Service is an innovative network of services developed to meet the needs of the unemployed in South Kerry. It has been created to help these people to take practical steps towards getting a job by providing access to a range of employment, training and educational opportunities.

It is a service that was set up to give information and advice on opportunities, which are available to enable unemployed / under-employed people return to the world of work. These services include guidance, training, education and employment support.

Who can use this service?
  • Anyone who is unemployed / underemployed and their dependant partners
  • People at risk of becoming unemployed
  • Lone parents
  • Early school leavers
  • People with disabilities
  • Small Holders
  • Women returners’
  • Ethnic minorities
  • People referred under the National Employment Action Plan
  • Ex-Prisoners / Offenders
What Services are available to a Job Seeker?
  • Give information and advice on jobs, careers, training and education in your area and around the country.
  • Linked to all State and community agencies, so we give you the information and help you need to apply for education, training courses and jobs.
  • We may be able to help you financially to undertake training / educational programmes.
  • Because we help local employers to recruit staff, we can provide up-to-date information on jobs available in the area.
  • We can make sure that you’re getting all the expert advice and motivation you need by putting you in touch with a Mediator who will work with you on a one-to-one basis from day one. He or she will help you to make the most of our advice and guidance services and help you on the road back to the workplace. And if you like to be part of a group, we will refer you to the local jobs club.
  • Help you get a place on a course, which will improve your chances of getting a job.
  • Help you put together a professional CV
  • Help fill out any application forms
  • Help prepare you for interview.
What Services are available for the Employer?
  • A free and confidential service
  • Free advertising on our weekly job sheet – over 700 are distributed every week
  • Access to jobseekers who are looking for fulltime and part-time jobs
  • On site meetings to assess your needs
  • Information on State recruitment subsidies – Employer Job Incentive Scheme, Internship, Work Placement Programmes,
  • Information on Employment supports for people with disabilities
  • Recruitment advice
  • Work experience programme
  • One to one service

If you are a new Business locating in South Kerry we can help you with your recruitment needs.

What is Jobs Club?

The Jobs Club provides a wide range of facilities and services for Jobs Club members who are actively seeking employment:

  • Help with interview skills
  • Preparation and development of CVs
  • Cover letter writing
  • Telephone techniques
  • Information on Cold calling
    Access to newspapers, telephone and stationery
    Computer and photocopying facilities

These services are available on one-to-one or in-group training. Contact our offices for further details.

Participants in Jobs Club Training programmes may:

  • Receive an allowance towards expenses. This will not interfere with any benefits you may be in receipt of.
  • Have the opportunity to explore local work availability
  • Improve your self-confidence
Who do I contact about each of the above items mentioned?



Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9473068 

       Co-Ordinator:    Bridie Buckley

   Mediator:           Brendan Donoghue

                    Secretary:            Marie Garvey / Marie Flood

LES, 2nd Floor, 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6636966

 Mediators:      Patrick McCarthy & Máire Bríd McCrohan

    Secretary:     Mary Flynn


South Kerry JOBSCLUB,  2nd Floor 37A High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tel. 064 6637833

Jobs Club Facilitator:  Paul Murphy

              Secretary:      Mary Murray

Library Place, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Tel. 066 9762444

 Mediators:        Emmett Spring

  Secretary:        Kathy Sheahan

1st Floor, 21 Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

(every Tuesday from 10am – 1pm)

Tel. 064 6642444

    Mediator:    Brendan Donoghue

Sneem Resource Centre, Sneem, Co. Kerry

(2nd & 4th Tuesday 2.15pm – 3.45pm)

Tel. 066 9473068

  Mediator:  Brendan Donoghue



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