- The Ballymun Job Centre (BJC) was established in 1986 as a community response to a chronic unemployment situation.
- Since opening, the BJC has adapted to changes in the environment in order to respond more effectively to the needs of the community.
- A voluntary organisation with charitable status, the BJC has a proven track record of providing quality and innovative services.
- The BJC is a central landmark in the Ballymun community operating from the local shopping centre.
In 1986 when the BJC was established, Ireland and the community in Ballymun faced serious social, personal and family situations that challenged the very fabric of our community. One of the main problems faced by the country and the community was high levels of unemployment. During the period of the “Celtic Tiger” the community experienced some positive changes, unemployment fell to an all-time low, the regeneration of the area started and the area began to attract employers, providing local employment opportunities. The last few years have seen dramatic changes in Ireland’s economic position. As a result unemployment is again a major challenge for the country and the Ballymun community.
The BJC is very well placed to meet this challenge. In doing so we will continue to develop and work in partnership with our staff, the clients, local community, employers and individuals in other agencies and organisations.
In March 2000 a local labour force survey put the percentage of Unemployed at 58.4% higher than the Live Register. Between December 2007 and December 2009 the LR increased by 103%. A range of factors contribute to the higher levels of unemployment in Ballymun when compared to the National figures.
These include the high prevalence of low educational qualifications and the dominance of unskilled and semi-skilled manual occupational backgrounds. This highlights the importance of providing relevant education and training provision for job seekers in Ballymun. Addressing the labour market needs of individuals will require long-term strategies and actions that have the capacity to increase the skill levels of individuals in Ballymun in order to enable them to compete for employment which is more sustainable and provides, in the long-term, the possibility of higher income levels. It is very important to remember that, behind the statistics, there are individuals seeking to improve their own lives and those of their families in an area which, in terms of employment, still has some way to go before it reflects national norms. The regeneration of Ballymun provides an ideal opportunity to improve the employment prospects of individuals in Ballymun. Resources must be made available to attract in quality employment and that access to appropriate education, training and other supports is made available.
• High number of single parents (approx. 2,100 / 18% of individuals over 15 / 49.3% of all family units) (Source, CSO 2011)
• Low level of educational attainment and low income
• Ballymun: High Unemployment Low levels of Education
National = 57% Dublin = 58% Ballymun = 44%
National = 19% Dublin = 18% Ballymun = 36%
National = 14% Dublin = 10% Ballymun = 21%
Highest level of educational attainment (Source, CSO 2011)
Lower Secondary or less: National = 32% Ballymun = 49%
Degree or Higher levels : National = 25% Ballymun = 9%