Thousands of employers, jobseekers and disability services across Ireland have taken part in Job Shadow Day since it was first launched in 2008.
The day has helped to bring about some really positive changes in Irish workplaces, and has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of many participants.
More than 100 jobs secured through Job Shadow Day since 2008.
Ann Marie Condron from Tallaght, supported by Cheeverstown House, took part in Job Shadow Day in 2013 at the customer service desk at The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght. They were so impressed with her skills that they offered her a paid job by lunchtime.
John Kennedy from Castlerea took part in Job Shadow Day in 2012 at local clothes retail outlet, Pauric Newman’s Menswear.
He was promptly offered a part-time job by the owner and has been working there ever since.
Many people take part in Job Shadow Day to find out more about a particular job or career area.
Keen amateur DJ Dessie Fitzgerald from Dun Laoghaire, supported by St John of God Carmona Services, used Job Shadow Day to find out all about a career as a radio presenter. He shadowed former Today FM presenter Ray D’Arcy.
Other people use Job Shadow Day as a stepping stone towards employment.
David Aggio from Roscommon used Job Shadow Day to gain confidence in the world of works after a mental health setback.
Following Job Shadow Day, he gained paid employment, supported by his job coach from Roscommon EmployAbility.
Job Shadow Day is all about raising awareness about disability and employment and about supported employment.
The day has featured on television, on national and local radio and made national and regional headlines.
It is raising the profile of supported employment on a national level to employers, jobseekers, decision makers and the general public.
When An Taoiseach Enda Kenny first signed-up for Job Shadow Day in 2012, it really helped to put disability and employment on the national agenda!
Job Shadow Day offers people the chance to express their commitment to equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities
Each year, the number of employers and jobseekers taking part in Job Shadow Day grows and grows. Last year 650 jobseekers and 500 employers took part.
Since 2008, there have been over 3,600 Job Shadow Day placements. See the people who are working for inclusion in the video below:
As a result of the success of Job Shadow Day in Ireland, the IASE is delighted to announce the initiative is now being rolled out across numerous European countries.