Job Shadow Initiative 2011
IASE member Austin Lynch pictured with Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection
Austin Lynch experienced something of what it is to be a Minister when he shadowed Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection as part of National Job Shadow Day.
Speaking on Job Shadow Day Minister Burton said: "I am delighted to be participating in National Job Shadow Day. Today, hundreds of people with disabilities throughout Ireland will have the opportunity to shadow a workplace employee as they go through a normal working day in hundreds of employment locations across the country. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this truly worthwhile initiative and to welcome Austin to work with me in Leinster House today."
Austin, who shadowed Minister Burton, works as a general assistant with a major supermarket and he recently won the National Employee of the Year at the Irish Association of Supported Employment Best Practice Awards. Austin has worked in this role for 10 years is noted for being consistently helpful to his colleagues, customers and management. Austin is supported by STEP and City Gate, a Saint John of God community service, which supports people with mild intellectual disabilities.
Minister Burton went on to say: "A core belief of the IASE is that people with disabilities including those with significant disabilities should have equal opportunity to have a job. This is a belief which I share and in that context, I want to take this opportunity to mention the Partial Capacity Scheme, which I will introduce at the earliest possible date."
Minister Burton concluded by commending the work of the IASE and of STEP and City Gate. "I particularly want to thank Austin for his assistance today and to wish him every success in the future.
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