About the Service and what we can do for you

AThe County Kildare Local Employment Service Network Ltd (KLESN) (formerly known as Obair) was established in 1996 by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment in conjunction with FAS, and is currently contracted by The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection since January 2013.

KLESN has now completed twenty four years of service operating throughout the County of Kildare and  providing services to parts of Carlow, Wicklow, Laois and Meath, it is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors representing the various target groups and agencies

While County Kildare Local Employment Service has undergone many changes over the years the one thing that has remained a constant is our person centred and holistic approach to working with our diverse range of  service users.

Our ethos is to acknowledge and to respect each person’s individual circumstances and to assist our clients by providing information, support and assistance in making informed decisions on their training or career choices.

We support people who are experiencing difficulties with accessing training or employment. Once any person registers for our service they will be assigned a Career Guidance Counsellor who will remain their one point of contact throughout the process.

The Guidance Counsellor with meet the individuals at regular scheduled confidential one to one appointments in which each client will have the opportunity to discuss their own personal circumstances and any  issues that they are experiencing in relation to accessing work or training.

Each client is provided with  information, support, assistance and guidance to assist them to make informed decisions on their next steps.


Our service has assisted thousands of people to access meaningful and ongoing work by providing them with a professional CV and  cover letter.  The CV and cover letter are  created in consultation with each individual during their one to one appointments.

We make the clients aware of the best job sites to use in their search for work and we assist them to set up an email and register on relevant job sites.

Exploring the job market-

Part of our service now includes one to one job seeking appointments in which the client is given the opportunity to explore the job sites with the assistance of a professional during an appointment which is tailored to meet the individuals need.

Clients are also made aware of and given the opportunity to apply for any positions that may arise  from the provision of our free service to recruiting employers who contact the service direct.

Self Employment-

Our Career Guidance Workers will provide relevant and up to date information on supports, relevant training  and services which are available locally for clients that have a preference for self employment.


Throughout our time in operation we have assisted many people to access training. This is done in the following ways: Referring them on State funded training course, which they will attend on a full or part time basis for the duration.

We also provide Manual Handling training in house to groups of people who are wishing to  access the labour market in addition to providing one to one job seeking classes which are tailored to the individuals needs. KLESN also provide  funding for relevant work-related training up to and including QQI level 6. Our clients have benefited hugely from the training supports and many have progressed to third level Education or into employment as a result.

Referral Service-

We provide a referral service to clients who are not yet ready to access full employment and through discussions with their Career Guidance Counsellor have made the decision to access an appropriate support group such as family support services, literacy training, confidence building etc or to be listed for a TUS or Community Employment Scheme. Our Career Guidance Counsellors have direct knowledge of all the services and schemes that are available locally.

Service to Employers-

County Kildare Local Employment Service provides a free service to actively recruiting employers. Employers can contact the service with details of  their vacancy which will be advertised internally throughout our offices where the Career Guidance Counsellor will review the vacancy details and contact people from their caseload of clients who have the relevant skills/ qualifications to apply for the position. Applications are  then forwarded direct to the Employer. We also advertise the role through our Facebook page and website.  KLESN provide employers with information detailing any Government Incentives that they may wish to avail of as well as premises where they can use a room free of charge for interviewing purposes.

KLESN operates under contract to Department Of Social Protection and continues its policy of interlinking with Voluntary Community Groups, KLESN has close working relationships with the Resource Centres For The Unemployed, Kildare Traveller Action, Probation Services, Employability Service Kildare, National Learning Network, Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation, SOLAS, Kildare County Council, County Kildare Leader Partnership, The heads up Programme , The Men’s Shed and other local relevant organisations.