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Supporting Ireland’s Employability & Activation Sectors


  • Specialist Division within Career & Life Planning’s Career Coaching & Training Company
  • Qualified Career Employability Specialists managing Activation Programmes
  • Significant experience of managing Activation Programmes for Solas, Momentum, Skillnets, ETB’s, DSP, Pobal & other public sector organisations
  • 14 specifically designed products and services to help your organisation deliver Activation Programmes and deliver excellent results.

Activation Services

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City & Guilds – Customer Service Qualifications

Covering all aspects of customer service, from understanding and meeting customer needs, giving a great customer experience, learning from feedback and promoting your products and services, the learner will be able to move up in their career, no matter what area they are working in.

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City & Guilds –                 ITQ Qualifications

The City & Guilds ITQ is suitable for anybody who uses IT, whether at home or work. The flexible structure and assessment methods of the ITQ mean that it can be adapted for a variety of courses in the classroom or almost any workplace or job role as part of an intended career.

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Career Employability Specialist Programme

4 Day Programme Developed in conjunction with IEP and ILM. This is a highly sought after course designed specifically for individuals and organisations who work in the employability and activation sectors. The course helps improve organisation and learner outcomes jointly.

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Leave Unemployment Programme

Covering 15 Strategies that are proven to help people leave unemployment. Each of these strategies is critically important in improving the job seekers ability to get noticed in today’s cluttered job environment and develop a personal action plan that gets them closer to employment.

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Adapt to Employment Programme

Includes 10 modules on core skills required by companies to ensure the jobseeker is not phased by entering employment or placement. This programme ensures the jobseeker is not only aware of the competencies required but learns best practices in a blended learning environment combining both theory and practical application of skills.

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Psychometric Testing

Career & Life Planning use Thomas International for their behavioural and personality reports. With a large selection of tests available to choose from, different abilities to select from plus multiple delivery methods. These tests on their own are beneficial but the interpretation of these reports by qualified staff can really help individuals progress faster.

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CV Preparation Workshop

We ensure the CV’s of your participants on Activation Programmes will reflect well on them, improve their self esteem and confidence and move them closer to a work-life balance lifestyle.

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Interview Skills Workshop

Career & Life Plannings Interview Workshops have benefitted numerous people in Ireland, based on practical recruiting experience from our MD, Joe Delaney and his team of Career Employability Specialists.

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Mobile Computer Lab 

A Complete Desktop Computer Lab that comfortably caters for up to 20 learners, and can support online training as well as practical skills including ECDL, CV Preparation, Job Searching Skills and other courses requiring access to computers. The computers, tables and chairs are compliant with Solas / ETB standards. The lab includes tables, chairs, Dell Desktop Computers & Monitors, Keyboards & Mice, Wifi Cards or Network Access Available, Wireless Printers and Digital Projector

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4 Accredited Coaching Programmes

These qualifications are ideal for anyone looking to incorporate coaching into their existing role, or work independently as a Coach.
• Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring (NFQ Level 6)
• Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring (NFQ Level 6)
• Certificate in Coaching (NFQ Level 5)
• Award in Coaching (NFQ Level 5)

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Accredited Coaching Qualification for the Activation Sector

Our Award in Coaching & Career Employability Specialist Programme offers an NFQ level 5 accredited coaching award along with Career & Life Planning’s Career Employability Specialist Programme, endorsed by the Institute of Employability Professionals and recognised by ILM.

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Job Seeker Journey & Enjoyment of Employment

This one day seminar is highly interactive, engaging, fun and covers what it would be like to be in employment, what benefits it would give them, socially, financially, and also what skills they can offer to employers. Using coaching and recruitment case studies this unique seminar helps people focus on working towards the Enjoyment of Employment.

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Employer Engagement & Creating Demand for the Jobseeker

With many funding programs now looking for positive outcomes, this service helps organisations improve their ability to get better outcomes that are enjoyable for all concerned. Reviewing existing systems, procedures and workflows across marketing material, meetings, documentation, marketing, communication and reporting.

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ILM Award for Young Leaders

This programme is ideal for individuals aged between 14 and 24 years who are actively engaged in structured learning within a group or community. The aim of the award is to help young learners develop a range of skills and behaviours in leadership, self-management and mentoring.

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About the IEP

The IEP is the only professional membership institute for the employability profession. It represents its members to key influencers and sets the standards for the profession. Members have a commitment to their profession. They are leading experts in their field. The IEP has members all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland working for leading private, public and third-sector employers. The entry process ensures that members can demonstrate their professional standing.

About Thomas International

Career & Life Planning use Thomas International for their behavioural and personality reports. With a large selection of tests available to choose from, different abilities to select from plus multiple delivery methods. These tests on their own are beneficial but the interpretation of these reports by qualified staff can really help individuals progress faster.

About City & Guilds

City & Guilds are a global leader in skills development, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. Their qualifications and apprenticeships are valued by employers across the world, helping individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.

About ILM

The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is the UK’s largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services. ILM forms part of the City & Guilds Group, and their primary purpose is to improve the standards of leadership and management in order to drive social and economic prosperity.

About CALP Activate

Career & Life Planning Employability and Activation Services

Career & Life Planning trainers are best in class and in addition to a broad range of experience and qualifications; all Career and Life Planning tutors are Career Employability Specialists having attended the Career Employability Specialist Programme which was developed by us and is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). This course is also available to the public and organisations and is specifically aimed at trainers and coaches working with unemployed people in job activation programmes, helping people get Work Life Balance Quickly. 

The Career Employability Specialist Programme equips the learner with specific skills and techniques to work effectively with jobseekers and build positive relationships. It focuses on how to improve personal development, confidence and practical strategies for gaining employment. It employs the creative and innovative “5 Steps to Success” Methodology and all individuals receive a personal “Emotional Intelligence” report from Thomas International. It provides a deeper understanding of the workings of the employability sector and identifies sources of supports available. 


In addition to these, the CES programme applies core coaching principles and practices to its methodology and explains the importance of compliance legislation, ethical conduct, quality assurance and case management when working in the Employability and Activation sector.

Our recent clients in this area have been; Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) where we delivered three Career Planning and Employability Skills Programmes in Kilrush, Shannon and Ennis, Co. Clare. We have also ran several courses for the City of Dublin  Education and Training Board (CDETB) and the Dublin Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB). 

We also recently ran the Career Employability Specialist Programme in Blanchardstown Area Partnership and in Limerick City for people working in the Community Development and Department of Social Protection sectors.

Contact Us:




Career & Life Planning
Unit 6
Kilkerrin Park 3
Liosban Industrial Estate
Tuam Road
H91 Y6Y1
091 – 700 220


Career & Life Planning
22 Branchfield Street
Unit D4
Boston MA 02124