Dundalk Local Employment Service & Job Club are busy supporting clients and employers mainly by telephone and email, helping them to navigate the government's range of supports for staff who have been laid off.
'Dundalk LES want to reassure our clients that although our offices are closed to the public in line with government restrictions, our staff are very much available to offer support by telephone and email,' said Siobhán Rankin, LES co-ordinator.
'Indeed, we quickly adopted new methods of communication and staff are more than happy to arrange video calls, should a client want to communicate with us in this way.
'We continue to offer the same supports to clients as always, including CV preparation, assistance with job searching and job applications, coaching for interviews and assessments.'
LES can be contacted on 042-9328897 and Job Club on 087 4563791 and all DEASP forms for welfare payments can be accessed on https://www.gov.ie/department-of-employment-affairs-and-social-protection
Jerry Rock, co-oordinator from Drogheda ES said: 'Our staff are working from home and attending the office once a week to further our support to clients via email etc.
'Currently we are supporting more than 550 clients who are anxious to return to work.
'The other client group that we also support are employers. Those in the retail and restaurant businesses are fearful for their future.
'We are currently working with traders in Drogheda offering them support via the latest information on grants etc. that are available to them to maintain their businesses in this lockdown situation.'