About Congress Information & Opportunity Centre

Overview

The Clare Council of Trade Unions has overseen the operation of the Congress Information & Opportunity Centre since 1991. The establishment of the Clare Unemployment Resource Centre in October 1991 resulted from the identification of the need for services to the increasing number of unemployed in County Clare. The Clare Unemployment Resource Centre was unique in its establishment in close co-operation with the VEC.

The Adult Education Office provided the necessary premises for the Centre to open in October 1991 to September 1996. The name of the Centre was subsequently changed to Congress Information & Opportunity Centre. Over the years, the Centre has developed into a FETAC and ICS Skills accredited centre for Information Technology Training, which is of huge benefit to our Target Groups in their endeavour to improve their chances of getting gainful employment, or going on to further training and education courses.

In April 2008, the project moved to a new state of the art premises at Connolly House, Elevation Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis, Co. Clare. We feel this has enhanced the level of services provided to the community, whilst allowing employees to work in modern premises and allow the CIOC to continue to progress training in modern facilities.

To date we have a yearly average of approximately 3000 people per year availing of the services we provide. However, following our move to the new premises, the enhanced training facilities provided, and the current downturn in the economy, this number has grown.

History

The establishment of the Clare Unemployment Resource Centre in October 1991 resulted from the identification of the need for services to the increasing number of unemployed in County Clare. The Clare Unemployment Resource Centre was unique in its establishment in close co-operation with the VEC.

The Adult Education Office provided the necessary premises for the Centre to open in October 1991 to September 1996. The name of the Centre was subsequently changed to Congress Information & Opportunity Centre. Over the years, the Centre has developed into an accredited centre for Information Technology Training, which are of huge benefit to our Target Groups in their endeavor to improve their chances of getting gainful employment, or going on to further training and education courses.

The objectives of the Centre have continued since our establishment as outlined

  1. The provision of services to the Unemployed, low paid workers and other disadvantaged groups.The provision of developmental and educational facilities including Information Technology courses i.e. ECDL, ECDL Expert, Computer Literacy FETAC L3, Information Technology Skills FETAC L4, Computer Applications FETAC L4 and General Office Skills FETAC L4
  1. We are a FETAC Approved Training Centre.
  2. Representation for the Unemployed/Unwaged in their relations with Department of Social Welfare and other State Agencies.
  3. The protection and promotion of gainful employment for the Unemployed.
  4. Highlight issues affecting the Unemployed, through the media and to Public Representatives and also through the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, our National Representative body.

Funded by the Irish Government and part-financed by the European Social Fund under the National Development Plan 2005—2006