Ferdia Job Club is a joint initiative between Ferdia Community Development Company Ltd, a local voluntary group, and Employment Support Services, Department of Social Protection. Its objective is to assist jobseekers to enter or re-enter, employment through the provision of individualised support and assistance in pursuing employment opportunities. It is a free service and assists job seekers through a number of supports. These comprise of a ‘drop-in’ service, formal workshops and ‘one to one’ support.
The formal workshops provide a forum for clients to get together in a friendly, relaxed confidential environment. They encourage and support individual skills and talents which in turn stimulates confidence building resulting in more positive decision-making going into the future. The Job Club empowers job seekers to take positive steps towards realising their career plans and to explore, and follow-up, employment opportunities.
The Job Club provides active, practical and participative support to job seekers under the guidance and supervision of the Job Club Leader/Facilitator. Ferdia Job Club has been in operation since 2001 providing support for those within the greater Ardee/Mid-Louth area who are either unemployed or wishing to return to the workforce.
To date (over 17 years in operation) we have assisted approx. 4,000 individuals, mainly word of mouth referrals who sought support and professional help in seeking employment. Over 50% have had successful placements and returned to work. Other participants have been energised to undertake further studies to progress their career goals and job opportunities.
‘If you are unemployed and wishing to return to work we facilitate
CV Preparation/Job Searching/Interview Techniques etc.,
Feel free to call in any time and we will be delighted to assist.
These Workshops are continuous throughout the year so to ensure a place at a time that suits you please contact us at your earliest convenience.’
Any assistance you require to make the journey from unemployment to employment easier is available to you through our services. So, if you think we can help you please do not hesitate to phone 041-6857917/934 to make an appointment to come in and have a chat.
Our official registered office/address is Ferdia Job Club, Unit 1, Ardee Business Park, Hale St. Ardee, Co. Louth.
We are not a recruitment agency, but, if you require staff just phone us and we will match our client’s skills with your requirements. Then, with their permission, we can forward their details to you which will allow you make contact and interview if considered suitable.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local business people who have availed of the Job Club Services to date. It is very much appreciated.
The help and support I received from the Ardee Jobs Club (Finola & Lorraine) was excellent I am, as a result, currently in a full time position Finally, the empathy, helpfulness, support and non-judgement you receive from these two ladies is remarkable and made looking for employment a lot less stressful and easier to handle. Thank you ladies.
I was a homemaker for many years, I did the Job Club Programme in August 20017. I had my CV updated. we did lots of mock interviews which gave me the confidence to apply for jobs. Soon after finishing the Programme with all my new interview skills, I applied for a job in Argos and got it. Thank you
I attended the Ardee Job Club Programme in 2017. It is a great way to help people get back on their career path. The ladies are very welcoming, so easy to talk to and they are always there to offer assistance if you ever need it. Finola also helps you figure out what alternative types of jobs or training you might be interested in if there are none available in your current speciality. Thanks to Finola I now have a professional and up to date curriculum vitae, a clearer idea of what employers are looking for and how to portray my skills set to appeal to potential employers I highly recommend Ardee Jobs Club.
I used the services of Ardee Job Club in 2017 as I was looking for employment in the local area as Ardee Job Club have very strong links with the local business community. I found the personnel of Ardee Job Club to be most helpful, great with interview technique, efficient, and courteous resulting in permanent employment for me. I strongly recommend their advice and services.
After working all my life, I found myself in my early 40's, made redundant. I didn’t know what I would do next. I wasn’t computer literate, or had I even seen my CV in years. A friend of mine put me in touch with the Job Club and I took part in the programme. It was the best thing I ever did. After speaking to Lorraine, who gave me great information, I decided to do the week’s course. I had nothing to lose. I met Finola who helped me do up a new CV, did mock interviews with me and helped me find jobs I would be interested in pursuing. We had great craic, within the group. It was fun as well as beneficial. It gave me the confidence to apply for positions I would never have before. I never worked in retail, but applied for a position on line, by myself. I got an interview which I felt prepared for, and was offered the job, regardless of having no experience. The difference was, I knew how to sell myself, and knew what attributes I could bring to the position. I'm there now almost a year, and I love it. Big thank you to Finola and Lorraine for all their help. It's something I feel everyone should do, whether you’re in employment or not, because it gives you that kick you need to re-evaluate your future career.
Being part of the Jobs Club in Ardee was a great gift for me. Finola and all her welcoming support gave me a confidence boost to keep searching for work. Being from another country, all I needed was a push to get my CV ready to apply for jobs. I won't forget those 3 weeks where nice people were together for one reason: to show that a community can be united and supportive. Thanks Finola, thanks Ireland!
"It was Finola and Lorraine in the Jobsclub who helped me get back into the workforce, after 13years being a stay-at-home Mum. They provided a positive and encouraging environment where I regained my confidence and I started work shortly after. I attended the Club each morning for 3 weeks and what struck me the most was they took the time to get to know each person in the class and then guide them accordingly toward different career paths. I would highly recommend the Jobsclub"
I attended the Jobs Club Last Summer as I was unemployed and unsure of my future. The ladies in the Jobs Club were brilliant. The Job Club Programme was so helpful, adjusting my CV and re-wording my Cover Letters. I got great encouragement with my job-seeking and I gained valuable tips for interviews. They really go that “extra mile” and I know this from first-hand experience as a few months later I needed work experience and Finola helped me organise getting it at the Front Desk of the Ardee Business Park. Later I gained employment here. I am so grateful as I am still here 7 months later. The Job Club is an excellent facility to have in our town. I really believe if it was’nt for the ladies in the Job Club I would not be in the job I love today.
"The Job Club was exactly what I needed after 6 months of unemployment. Yes my CV was improved and I learned lots of interview techniques, but it was also somewhere I could just have a cup of tea, a biscuit and a good chat. Finola, who runs the club, was endlessly patient and helpful and the other attendants were excellent company. I don't normally like this kind of thing, but I honestly enjoyed every second. I am now in full-time employment in the best job I've ever had."