The Irish Association for Supported Employment (IASE) is calling on businesses in Mayo to participate in the sixth annual National Supported Employment Week (22nd to the 28th April). Job Shadow Day (24th April) is the highlight of the week and will see hundreds of people with disabilities shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about a normal working day.
Job Shadow Day is organised by a Belmullet-based charity,the Irish Association of Supported Employment. The IASE’s National coordinator, Sarah Togher, from Belmullet, called on local employers across Mayo, who have shown great enthusiasm for Job Shadow Day in the past, to once again come out and support the initiative.
“Job Shadow Day is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses, employees and people with disability from across Mayo to come together for one day and express their commitment and support to equal employment opportunities for all,” she explained.
Brian Doherty from Pollothomas near Belmullet took part in Job Shadow Day last year through EmployAbility Mayo. Brian worked for a day with Fr. Michael Nallen as a grounds-man at the parish office in Aughoosa.
He later went on to secure seasonal work as a grounds-man. He said he would definitely recommend the job shadow experience to others. “It was a good and enjoyable experience,” he said. “It gave me lots of confidence to be able to go out and do the job.”
Collette Corless, job coach with EmployAbility Mayo, encouraged all local businesses to take part in Job Shadow Day 2013. “It is a unique platform because it enables us, as job coaches, to support our clients, the job seekers, to experience the job of their choice while supporting the employer as well,” she explained.
Other supporters included An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former IASE patron, Sean Gallagher; Senator David Norris; Minister Joan Burton; Minister Kathleen Lynch and adventurer, Mark Pollock.
Initiatives such as Job Shadow Day offer individuals with a disability a unique opportunity to get a close up look at the world of work, enabling them to discover and learn about the skills and education required to compete and succeed in the workplace.
Well-known individuals already committed for Job Shadow Day 2013 include celebrity chef Neven Maguire, Kilkenny Hurling manager Brian Coady and Kerry footballer Colm Cooper.
Teresa Mallon, Chairperson, IASE commented: “To date, hundreds of employers have opened their doors to demonstrate their commitment to equal employment opportunities for individuals with a disability and we have received very positive feedback from participating businesses.”
Ms. Mallon continued: “The IASE, along with the other organisations involved, put all of the necessary planning and supports in place so employers and job seekers can simply enjoy taking part and get the maximum benefit from the day.”
IrishJobs.ie, Ireland’s number one recruitment website, is once again one of the main sponsors of National Supported Employment Week and the Job Shadow initiative.
Jane Lorigan, CEO Europe of Saongroup.com and MD of IrishJobs.ie said: “We are looking forward to participating in Job Shadow Day again this year and we will be encouraging our clients to join us.
Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Job Shadow Day 2013 are invited to register their interest at www.iase.ie.
Our featured picture above shows Annmarie Healy, Belmullet, with Erris local radio presenter, Eunice Moran, during the 2012 Job Shadow Day.