Do You Need A Service That:
Will only put forward people who are right for the job.
Will give you access to advice and support about employing people with a disability.
Will give you access to a professional job coach.
Will not charge anything for their service.
Will support both employer and employee.
Employing a person with a disability is a positive step in the companies life. It can break down some of the myths surrounding disability. Disability is not always visible, as in some cases employers and employees are not aware that a co-worker has a disability.
People with a disability need a chance to prove that they can work, and want to work. Working in a mainstream job can make a huge difference to a persons self esteem.
Employing a person with a disability can be a positive experience both for the work-force and the employer. It helps to break down barriers, de-mystify “disability”, and provides an insight into the problems and inequalities of life with a disability.
We will come to your premises and talk to you about employing people with disabilities. The presentation only takes 30 minutes, but through experience we have found that face to face interaction helps to reduce fears and doubts about employing someone with a disability.
Access to a committed labour pool.
Free advice and support during recruitment and selection process.
A job coach will provide on-going support to the person placed in your company. If required provision of information on relevant grants and schemes which you may be able to avail of.
Regular performance management reviews between employer, service user and job coach, if required.
Work Placement Programme (WPP)
The Work Placement Programme facilitates your business to take on a person for a work experience placement for a maximum of nine months.
Payment of participants is not a requirement of the programme.
Supports available – New pay related Social Insurance (PRSI) exemption scheme.
Contact Job Coach for details.
Workplace Equipment / Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
If a job offer is dependent on a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment, an employer or employer may be able to get a grant from Department of Social Protection AS (currently up to €6,350) towards the cost of adapting premises or equipment.
Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
WSS offers financial support to employers who employ someone with a disability whose productivity is between 50% and 80% of usual levels.
People with disabilities who avail of this scheme must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week. A person on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees and the employer receives financial compensation for the lower than average productivity level of the person.
Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)
This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.
Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme (DATSS)
This scheme provides support to employers in delivering Disability Awareness training to their staff.
Personal Reader Grant
This is be available to visually impaired people who may need assistance with job-related reading. A grant allows the employment of a personal reader.
Job Interview Interpreter Grant (JIIG)
Job seekers with hearing or speech impairment may apply for funding to have an interpreter attend job interviews with them.
Supported Employment Programme
This programme is supported by Department of Social Protection and funded via the National Development Plan 2000 – 2006. This service is available to people in the Dublin 2, 4, 6, 8, 14, 16, 18 and South County Dublin areas via D.S.S.E., and via a network of other organisations in other parts of Ireland.
In addition to the above, some new positions may qualify for the employer’s PRSI exemption scheme, via the
Department of Social & Family Affairs
Some supported employees may qualify for the Back to Work Allowance Scheme operated by the
Department of Social & Family Affairs
Some of our participants are working successfully in the following areas:
- Colleges and Schools
- Printing and Graphic Design