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Open 50 Campaign Launched
Creating the Future of Supported Employment
IASE 20th Annual General Meeting
Online training will be just the job for career coaches!
Supported Employment Accredited Training
50 people one question
“Appreciating the Assets of Asperger’s and Autism in the Workplace”
EUSET Diversity Toolkit
Save the date: Job Shadow Day - 22 April 2015
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Open 50 Campaign Launched
IASE Open 50 aims to secure 50 jobs by April 2015

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Caroline Ball pictured with Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Noel Kavanagh MD, Kavanagh Group and Margaret Halloran, Employment Development Officer (IASE) at the launch of Open 50 in Westport

Open 50 aims to secure 50 jobs by April 2015

Minister Michael Ring officially launched ‘Open 50’ in his hometown of Westport this month, this IASE project aims to support 50 businesses throughout the BMW region to employ a person with a disability by April 2015, as part of the Open Door initiative.  Caroline Ball (Pictured), from Louisburgh Co. Mayo, is employed by O'Cees Coffee Shop, part of SuperValu Westport, on a part time basis.

The Kavanagh Group was the first company to get involved, Noel Kavanagh MD, was highly complementary of the Open Door Project and the benefits for organisations and for the employees concerned. The Kavanagh Group have had previous successes with supported employment projects in their Super Valu stores in Mayo and welcomed the reinvigoration of supported employment through the Open 50 campaign.

Mr Kavanagh said 'Caroline has integrated so well into the team here in O'Cees and the training phase allowed both Caroline and us, as employers, that period of time to see how we all got on and it has been a great success. Caroline is a popular member of the team and is well known by all the customers and takes pride in her work. I would encourage other employers to support this programme."

 

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Creating the Future of Supported Employment
IASE & NIUSE joint 20th anniversary conference
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(L-R) Margaret Haddock (NIUSE Chairperson), Greg Barry (IASE Chairperson) and Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland

Some of Irelands leading experts on disability and employment travelled to Belfast for the joint NIUSE and IASE 20th anniversary conference. The official opening ceremony was officiated by Northern Irelands Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.  

Delegates debated some of the most pressing issues affecting people with disabilities accessing the labour market as well as government strategies North and South that are due to be launched early next year and how they will impact on securing and maintaining employment for people with disabilities into the future.

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IASE 20th Annual General Meeting

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Angelina Hamill, Breda Claffey (SJOG Kildare), Derek Bryan (Cheeverstown) pictured at the 20th IASE AGM.

The 20th Annual General meeting of IASE took place on Tuesday December 9th at in the Ashling Hotel, Park Gate Street, Dublin 2, the event featured the election of the 2015 National Executive Committee, progress report from Sarah Togher (Co-ordinator) and updates on the Open Door Project from Geraldine Grady (Employment Development Officer) and Pauline O'Dwyer (EmployAbility Galway & steering committee member).  In addition to the business of the AGM, IASE had an excellent line of guest speaker presenting on topics of interest to staff working in the supported employment sector.  

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Online training will be just the job for career coaches!



Job coaches all over Ireland have been given an opportunity to up skill themselves without having to leave the comfort of their own home or office.

“Coaching for Job Coaches” is the title of an online training programme that will be rolled out in 2015 by the IASE and one of Ireland’s leading career training agencies.

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Supported Employment Accredited Training
Courses commencing in February 2015
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Find out more about the Certificate in Supported Employment (Level 7) and Focus on the Individual: Person Centred Planning (Level 6) courses commencing this February with the Open Training College.
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50 people one question
What is your dream job?
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Here at the Irish Association of Supported Employment we asked 50 people one question.. What is your dream job? - Want to find out the peoples answers? Then sit back, watch the video, enjoy it, and please leave any comments you may have on our YouTube Channel.

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“Appreciating the Assets of Asperger’s and Autism in the Workplace”
Video | Insights from the SAP / Specialisterne Global Initiative
Peter Brabazon, Specialisterne on YouTube

Take a look at our new video and learn more about the exciting new partnership between German software developer SAP and Specialisterne, a Danish company which helps people with autism find technology-oriented jobs.  Together they have launched a global recruitment programme specifically targeting people on the Autism spectrum.

Research has shown that, people with Autism and Asperger’s can possess exceptional focus and extraordinary attention to detail.  This can yield "outside the box" thinking; which is an important asset in technical professions like programming, testing, and QA

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EUSET Diversity Toolkit


Sarah Togher (IASE) pictured with Dermot Cunningham (Employment Response North West) at the Toolkit for Diversity launch.

IASE has played a leading role in a pan European project to develop new resources, which could support more individuals from marginalised or disadvantaged groups into the workplace.

IASE partnered with employment organisations from 12 other European countries on the project.  The official Irish launch of the project, which is called Toolkit for Diversity, was held in the Harlequin Hotel, Castlebar, recently.

The project involved the development of a new ‘toolkit’, which outlines using the supported employment model for employment, community or social workers to use to assist clients to get and keep a job in the open labour market.

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Save the date: Job Shadow Day - 22 April 2015
National Supported Employment Week 2015
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It is time to get your preparations underway for the National Supported Employment Week which takes place from April 19th to 25th 2015.  Supported Employment organisations, job seekers and employers will showcase employment for people with disabilities through a variety of themed events, seminars and a national publicity campaign raising awareness of employment for people with disabilities.

The highlight of the week is Job Shadow Day on April 22nd, the national day of awareness promoting inclusion at work.   Job Shadow Day is supported by leading online recruitment website Irishjobs.ie.

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