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National Supported Employment Week - 20 to 26 April

Time to #JSnominate a business and snap your #workie!

(L-R) Sarah Layton (Shadow) pictured together with Anna Ruth-Duane (STEP) and Broadcast presenter & publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey snapping a #workie together (@IASEmployment)

The Irish Association for Supported Employment has officially launched the eighth annual National Supported Employment Week which will run from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th April. Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 22nd April) is the highlight of the week and will see hundreds of people with disabilities take the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about a normal working day.

This year, the IASE is asking everyone to join in the conversation on social media - tweeting a workplace selfie under the hashtag #workie, taking a 60 second video explaining why you support Job Shadow Day, or by nominating a company you know to get involved under the hashtag #JSnominate (@IASEemployment).

Commenting on her involvement, broadcast presenter and publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey said: “I would encourage as many employers as possible to get involved and join us in promoting an inclusive workplace and equal employment opportunities for those with disabilities.”, Ireland’s number one recruitment website, is the main sponsor of National Supported Employment Week and the Job Shadow initiative. Orla Moran, General Manager at said: “Initiatives like Job Shadow Day are important, not only for those with a disability but also as a first step for an employer who may have a suitable vacancy in their organisation. We urge employers throughout Ireland to join us this Job Shadow Day and experience the positives firsthand.”

Greg Barry, Chairman, IASE concluded: “We want to build on this success and continue to break down barriers to the workplace which, despite much progress in recent years, still remains a significant issue for people with disabilities.”

Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Job Shadow Day 2015 are invited to register their interest here



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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