Let’s continue to Get Waterford Working


Follow the link below to hear how great the Local Employment Service are doing in Waterford to support Jobseekers find jobs and businesses to find staff.

Local Employment Service (LES) – Irish Local Development Network Press Release

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JobsPlus: New Jobs – Less Cost

Employers, are you hiring?

Jobseekers are you looking to give yourself the edge over other applicants?

Government Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available

Not many things in life are free but here’s one: JobsPlus

What is JobsPlus? It is an incentive from the Department of Social Protection. It is designed to reward employers who offer employment of over 30 hours per week to recruits from the live register. Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available. The majority Waterford City Local Employment Service’s clients are eligible for JobsPlus.

How can I register? There are two parts. Firstly, Employers must register for JobsPlus, by following the link below:

When employers are approved they will receive an email confirming that they have been approved. The status of all applications can be attained by calling 071 9672535 / 071 9672583.

Secondly, Jobseekers must register their interest by accessing the link below:

When the Jobseeker is approved they will receive a letter of acceptance in the post. The status of all applications can be attained by calling 071 9672535 / 071 9672583.

How much is the incentive? A grant of €7,500 is payable over two years for Jobseekers on the live register over 12 months and €10,000 for Jobseekers on the live register more than 36 months.

However, in addition to the above A grant of €7,500 is payable to:

Jobseekers under 25 years of age and on the live register for at least 4 months in the previous 6 months.

Former one parent family customers whose youngest child is 7 years of age or over who transfers to the live register and are now in receipt of Jobseekers allowance transition payment and they have NO qualifying period.

Persons with refugee status and in receipt of Jobseekers allowance also have NO qualifying period.

A grant of €10,000 is payable to: Jobseekers over 50 years of age who are on the live register and have been at least 12 months unemployed in the previous 18 months.

How will the incentive be paid? The incentive will be payable monthly in arrears, over a two year period by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), by the Department of Social Protection.

Interested? Employers, follow the link to become approved for JobsPlus

Jobseekers to increase your chances of employment follow the link –

Waterford City Local Employment Service have almost 5000 followers on Facebook, we provide a free and confidential service to businesses of all sizes and are designed to make the recruitment process easy and hassle-free. If you have any questions call Ger on 051-304951 / 086 142550.


A New Year – A New Start

Great News!  From New Year’s Day, people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit who take on subsidiary seasonal and casual work can earn up to €7,500 a year without impacting their rights to their Benefit.

We hear from jobseekers that casual work brings massive complications when they have to sign off and on etc., so it can be difficult to accept short term work.  Changes like this will hopefully give more flexibility and encouragement to people who want to work and will also help employers who need casual staff on an Adhoc Basis. We all know that a job is far more than a pay check and hopefully initiatives like this will help to secure more long term opportunities for all.

Read more on official announcement here;

Employer Services and Testimonials


We can help with free job advertising, we can put forward suitable candidates for vacancies and we can work with you to help you access incentives and resources that are available to business from employment support agencies.

Please see below for recent testimonials from some of the local businesses we have worked with.

Ballyogue Stud, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford

Ballyogue Stud got in touch with us to help them fill a vacancy for a Yard/Stable Hand. We advertised the position on the 10th of October 2018 which got a great response, John was delighted with the applications he got and by the 23rd of October 2018 he came back to us to say that he had found the perfect candidate for his vacancy.

“WCLES website is very user friendly and got an immediate response – certainly worth considering if you are looking for staff. The team at WCLES couldn’t be more helpful.”

John Lenihan
Ballyogue Stud
Co Waterford

M.J. Flanagan Ltd, Industrial Park, Waterford

Flanagan’s Fish Merchants got in touch with us regarding a vacancy for a Counter Assistant. The position was advertised on the 20th September 2018 and attracted over 4,500 views on our Facebook Page. Flanagan’s were delighted with the response and the position was filled by the start of October.

Waterford Jobs
Waterford Jobs

O’Briens Wines – Ardkeen Stores, Waterford

O’Briens Wines in Ardkeen Stores contacted us on the 16th August 2018 regarding a part-time sales assistant opportunity. We got a great response for this vacancy and the post was filled after interviews by the 28th August.

Waterford Jobs
Waterford Jobs

Under New Management

Hi, if you are reading this you are WELCOME to our Website!

Ger Walsh
Ger Walsh Manager WCLES

Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Ger Walsh and I am the recently appointed manager of Waterford City Local Employment Service (WCLES) – located in Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford. We are a free, friendly and confidential service that is available to people in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment or signing for Credits.

At a recent event organised by Waterford Micro Business Network, Dee Hutchinson inspirational coach and award winning leader presented a talk – The Secret to Achieving Your Goals – ARE YOU READY? This question started me thinking!

It appears that the NUMBER 1 REASON FOR NOT GETTING THE RESULTS YOU WANT is… you are simply Not Ready.

Dee broke it down into four categories:

PHYSICAL READINESS – Getting a job takes time so don’t give up.

FINANCIAL READINESS – Will it pay me to work?  Check out: The Benefits of Working on the DEASP Website. This is a user friendly tool that gives you an instant comparison of the difference between your potential in-work and your current out-of-work payments based on information provided by you.

MENTAL READINESS – This is the self-doubt we all have… Will I be good enough? Will I have the Skills / Knowledge / Experience? What if I’m found out! As they say, fake it till you make it or get the training you need.

EMOTIONAL READINESS – The old Chestnuts… Fear of failure / rejection / success.  Without risk there is NO REWARD. Go for IT!!!! Life has thought me to aim for the Stars and what harm if you stop off at the Moon. You are on that journey for the Job of your Dreams.

Our qualified Employment Guidance Officers at WCLES are available to help and guide you to BE READY to find that Job, Training or Education that you always dreamed of.

To check out your eligibility to use our service call in or phone 051 304951

Employer Breakfast Briefing

We are very excited to be taking part in an Employer Breakfast Briefing with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and our colleagues in Waterford Area Partnership next Tuesday 24th October.

The event, which is free to attend, is due to take place at Viking Hotel at 7.45AM 

Viking Hotel
Viking Hotel, Venue for Employer Breakfast Briefing

DEASP will host a breakfast briefing for Employers to introduce a number of free and easy-to-access services. 

As part of the morning, we at WCLES will introduce our free employer services, such as free Job advertising and vacancy matching. We will demonstrate our user friendly services and we will explain how we can work with employers.

DEASP have a wide array of employer services including:

  1. Jobs Plus

A financial subsidy paid to an employer who recruits a candidate who is in receipt of a jobseeker payment.

  1. First Steps Internship

An internship programme that employers can access where they offer an internship of three months to those under the age of 25.  While on the internship, the intern retains their jobseeker payment and get an internship allowance from DEASP.

  1. Recruitment Service

A recruitment service that an employer can access at no cost to them.  DEASP will promote the job vacancy, collect CVs and filter applications for employers.

  1. European Employment Services (EURES)

For those hard to fill vacancies an employer can access the Department’s EURES service at no cost to them.  This allows a business to recruit from the other countries in the European Economic Area.  Through the EURES service an eligible applicant may be able to get assistance to allow them to relocate to Ireland to take up an employment opportunity

Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Booking is essential:  To book please contact Kelly Cummins at

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

Soft skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s job market. Having the right technical skills for a job is no longer enough. Employers are looking for skills that can be transferred, skills that make people good team players, skills that help people to navigate the tricky world of human interaction. Those skills are what we call soft skills, a term that broadly covers the skills we need to interact with others effectively. Soft skills can make a huge difference to how people work together, how messages are communicated, how ideas are brought to life and ultimately how a business stays sustainable.

Soft Skills word cloud
Soft Skills

Soft skills include things like communication, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, leadership, conflict resolution and self-confidence.



Soft skills are the X-factor that we need to take us from being technically competent to great at our jobs.

Bedside manner
A doctor’s “Bedside Manner” is their Soft Skills at play

Soft skills questions will come up in interview through the likes of open questions such as “Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult customer” or “Give me an example of a time you resolved a work conflict”. The secret to answering these questions is in understanding the soft skill being explored and being able to give a relevant example of your skills in action.


National and International Education & Training policy is now focused on the development of transversal and soft skills from early in the education system re-affirming the importance of these skills into the future. Bearing all this in mind, we were delighted to see our colleagues in Waterford Area Partnership  have developed a suite of soft skills training programmes that they are running for FREE and are offering to all our clients.

If you think this training could help you or you want to find out more, please email or call 051 841740 and ask for Maria or Margaret 

Soft Skills Training
Soft Skills Training from WAP


Official Website Launch

We launched our new website and online services in late April with a breakfast event at Boxworks Co-Work Space. Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County, officially launched the website and endorsed the importance of having a service that brings employers and jobseekers together. He expressed excitement at the change Waterford is experiencing with the launch of the Greenway and other future developments, emphasising the importance of building strong links between growing businesses and the local community.

Guest speakers
Margaret Fleming, Dessert First, Joe Stokes, CEO Waterford Area Partnership, Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City & County, Liam Murphy DSP and Mags O Connor, WCLES

We demonstrated how easy, quick and simple the website is to use. You simply complete a very straight forward online form and your job gets added to our website and social media pages. We are growing our visits and interaction rates steadily and have had very positive feedback from employers who have used the service. As well as free job advertising, Waterford City LES can put forward candidates for jobs from our own client base. We know our clients very well and we only recommend applicants that we know will be a good fit for the job. Employers appreciate this element of our service.

Lucy Reinl, WCLES, Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Mags O Connor & Bridget O Connor, WCLES
Lucy Reinl, WCLES, Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Mags O Connor & Bridget O Connor, WCLES
Mary Byrne and Gayle Barry. WAP and Kelly Cummins, Waterford Chamber Skillnet networking at the event
Mary Byrne and Gayle Barry. WAP and Kelly Cummins, Waterford Chamber Skillnet networking at the event

Waterford City LES works under contract for Department of Social Protection, thus we can offer advice with applying for state incentives such as €10,000 JobsPlus grant. Margaret Fleming of Dessert First who employs 24 people locally, shared her experience of using this grant to help grow her business. Having set up the business in 2010, during difficult economic times, Margaret explained the positive impact of having the extra cash flow afforded by this grant to facilitate growing her business. “It’s a no-brainer,” says Margaret, “it was straight forward to access and it’s essentially free money to help with the costs of a growing team.”

Some of the attendees listening to Margaret Fleming of Dessert First sharing her experience of using JobsPlus grant
Some of the attendees listening to Margaret Fleming of Dessert First sharing her experience of using JobsPlus grant

If you are a business seeking to grow your team or an unemployed jobseeker looking for work you’ll find plenty of help, just get in touch – we are waiting for your call

Coming Soon! Our Official Web Launch

Waterford City LES acts as a bridge between unemployed jobseekers and employers. We recently expanded our offering through the creation of an online suite of services including free job advertising, a downloadable jobs & opportunities bulletin, links to online resources and a proactive social media presence. We built a new scalable website with the help of local web company UTD Web Design targeted at providing a more comprehensive set of services to both employers and unemployed jobseekers. This has facilitated us providing an end to end service for both of our client sets and is allowing us to be more responsive to market needs.

We will be officially launching the new website on Thur 20th April with a breakfast event in Boxworks CoWork Space in Waterford city. The event will be presided over by Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City & County and will include case studies from local employers and a live demo of the website.

The event is open to all and free to attend – details through