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Over 750 employers set to inspire career choices of job seekers with disability

Pictured in Ballina supporting the 2015 Job Shadow Campaign from left to right

Tommy Canavan (Western Care Assocation), An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Declan Duffy (Western Care), Deputy Michelle Mulherin TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD.

The eighth annual Job Shadow Day will see more than 750 employers sign up to this year’s Job Shadow campaign with almost 500 placements expected from companies who will participate for the first time. 

Job Shadow Day gives people with disabilities the unique opportunity to discover and learn about the skills and education required to compete and succeed in the Irish labour market.  The experience provided on Job Shadow Day has proven to be invaluable for the employers, workers and people with disabilities involved, to date Job Shadow has provided of 3,000 shadowing opportunities and over 120 jobs for people with disabilities.

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Employer awareness campaign launched by Minister Ring

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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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