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Certificate in Supported Employment

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The Certificate in Supported Employment (QQI/HETAC Level 7) course is a professional qualification targeted specifically at the needs of people working as job coaches and employment facilitators. It will provide:

• A detailed understanding of the social and legislative context in which the employment of marginalised groups takes place
• A formal grounding in the principles, processes and best practices of Supported Employment
• The skills and tools required to work effectively as a jobs facilitator for the good of service users

Successful completion of the 12-week course will provide you with the tools required to facilitate job seekers into work experience/job sampling and/or supported employment opportunities.

The course uses a ‘blended’ approach which combines online learning, virtual tutorials and face to face workshops. The online learning materials are explicitly designed to accommodate the pressures that come with trying to balance work, life and learning. These are accessible through our learning centre which provides a platform for you to study, collaborate and communicate with your fellow learners. Regular online tutorials will expand your knowledge of the topic and answer any questions you have as you study.

Course Fees: €995

To find out more about this upcoming course or to apply see: OTC Certificate in Supported Employment

or contact Sarah Togher 097 82894


OPEN 50 - Employer awareness campaign launched by Minister Ring in his hometown, Westport, Co Mayo

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Caroline Ball pictured with Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Noel Kavanagh MD, Kavanagh Group and Margaret Halloran, Employment Development Officer (IASE) at the launch of Open 50 in Westport

IASE Open 50 aims to secure 50 jobs by April 2015

The official launch of the ‘Open 50’ project aims to see over 50 businesses throughout the BMW region employ a person with a disability by April 2015, as part of the Open Door initiative.

Following on from the success of Job Shadow Day, which sees hundreds of individuals with a disability shadow a workplace mentor each April, the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) is encouraging Irish employers to commit to offering one job in their organization to a person with a disability. Caroline Ball (Pictured), from Louisburgh Co. Mayo, is employed by O'Cees Coffee Shop, part of SuperValu Westport, on a part time basis.

The Open Door initiative works with employers, disability services and jobseekers to promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Initially the project will operate across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region, with plans to extend nationwide in 2015.

A series of employer events have taken place highlighting the business benefits of hiring and retaining employees with disabilities using the supported employment model. The Open Door team is now meeting individually with interested employers to work through the process with them. The initiative is open to businesses of all sizes and within all industries., Ireland’s number one recruitment website, is supporting the Open 50 project.  Jane Lorigan, CEO Europe of and MD of said: “This is a very positive initiative that highlights the valuable contribution a person with a disability can bring to a business or organization. We would encourage all our companies to check out the IASE website for more information and join us in promoting equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workplace.”

Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Open 50 are invited to register their interest at


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