New project opens doors for disabled jobseekers

Open Door employment development officer for Longford, Geraldine Brady with Minister Phil Hogan, TD.
A new initiative has been launched by a leading disability and employment group to engage with employers and support disabled jobseekers.

A new initiative has been launched by a leading disability and employment group to engage with employers and support disabled jobseekers.

‘Open Door’ is a project by the Irish Association of Supported Employment, which aims to support at least 100 people with disabilities into jobs in the open labour market and work with around 1,500 employers across the Border, Midlands and West region over the next two years.

One of the main aims of the project is to engage with employers who do not currently employ people with disabilities.

Two IASE employment development officers will be working across the region to offer support and guidance to employers, jobseekers and disability services.

“The majority of employers in the private sector do not actually have a person with a self-disclosed disability in their workforce”, explained Geraldine Brady, employment development officer for Co Longford.

“I hope to meet with employers across Longford over the coming months to highlight the proven business benefits of supported employment, which helps bring about more inclusive recruitment and workplace practices.”

Open Door is a Disability Activation Project co-funded by the EU under the European Social Fund and the Irish Government.

For more information on Open Door and supported employment services, visit www.iase.ie, email opendoor@iase.ie, or phone 097 82894.