County Kildare Local Employment Service Network- Celebrating 21 years in operation

Kildare Local Employment Manager attends The Pat Kenny Show
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Back to the Future as County Kildare’s Local Employment Service (Obair) celebrates 21 years of Service!

County Kildare Local Employment Service Network is a successful community-based service progressing jobseekers’ from Social Welfare to education, training and work. In 2016 and 2017 the combined numbers placed in employment by Kildare Local Employment Service Network throughout County Kildare amounted to: 1068 into full time employment, 275 into part time employment, 74 went to Self Employment & a further 1343 were referred to training and other interventions

On June 21st 2018, County Kildare Local Employment Service Network (KLESN) will celebrate 21 years of service throughout County Kildare. The format will involve inclusion from our Clients (Past and Present), Employers, Public Representatives, Members of Staff and local community and sports leaders, at our chosen venue, ETB Auditorium, Killashee, Naas.


When the Local Employment Service Network (LESN) was established 21 years ago, Ireland was a very different place. Unemployment was almost intractable, with thousands of jobseekers facing multiple barriers in accessing work. KLESN was established as a not for profit, publicly funded employment service, reporting directly to the then Department of Enterprise & Employment

The LESN was rolled out across 27 regions of the country, concentrating on areas of high unemployment. Its mission was to implement and deliver strategies to re-integrate long term unemployed people through the provision of guidance and placement services, acting as a gateway to employment and training programmes 24 of the regions were managed by Partnership Companies whose remit is to tackle poverty and disadvantage with the other 3 regions (Kildare, Ballymun, East-side & Docklands) being a stand-alone service. The intensive and ongoing support provided by the LESN’s was aimed at particular needs of each individual, utilising the resources of other relevant agencies involved in training and education provision and interventions such as literacy and counselling support where required.

The unemployment crisis caused by the 2008 recession necessitated a shift of focus for the LESN, which responded by offering its services to all unemployed people, including those recently unemployed.

Now with the very welcome news of the drop-in unemployment the LESN, (which since 2012 is provided under contract to the Department of Social Protection can again focus our expertise and resources on those who are deemed distant from the labour market.


By working with a smaller caseload (as directed by the EU), the team of staff in Kildare can now offer more intensive and ongoing supports and assist in preventing the drift by many into long term unemployment. This is achieved by developing core skills improving a person’s resilience, self-belief and confidence and by identifying and working through barriers to support that person to become job ready.

The focus of our event on June 21st enables KLESN to demonstrate how we’ve responded to the needs of a changing work environment, achieving targets driven by the DEASP and show how we’ve used innovative practices and provided a quality service to meet the challenges of assisting jobseekers to overcome barriers and move along the road to employment.


Naas                            Kildare                         Newbridge                   Athy                             Leixlip

Unit 5, Rathasker Sq,     c/o Teach Dara,             Henry Street,                 28 Duke St.,                  Unit 2, Shopping Mall,

Kilcullen Road               Academy Street             Newbridge.                         Athy.                            Main Street, Leixlip.

Naas.                                 Kildare Town.

045 895555                          045 521950              045 435666                          059 8632685                        01 6245414

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