Caroline Ball and Minister Michael Ring launch ‘Open 50′ project

December 4, 2014

Caroline Ball from Louisburgh in Mayo was joined by Minister Michael Ring at O’Cee’s Coffee Shop in Westport, to officially launch the ‘Open 50′ project on Monday.  Open 50 aims to see over 50 businesses throughout Ireland commit to employing a person with a disability by April 2015, as part of the Open Door initiative. Following a very successful works placement at O’Cee’s in August 2013, Caroline was offered part-time employment at the busy coffee shop and has since been an integral member of their team.

The Open Door initiative is an exciting project that will support employers as they take the first steps to hiring a person with a disability. 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 and the team is now meeting individually with interested employers to works through the process with them. The initiative is open to businesses of all sizes and within all industries – we works with job seekers, employers and disability services.

IASE would encourage any employers and job seekers interested in participating in Open 50 to visit for more information or email for further information.

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