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Job Shadow Day 2014
CIPD Ireland Western Region programme finishes on high note
EUSET Partnership set to broaden EU wide job opportunities
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
20th June - Managing for High Performance in Organisations
EU project examines barriers in transition from school to employment
LYIT Opens Door to National Supported Employment Week
Galway recruiters learn key benefits of Supported Employment model
Vendability Social Enterprise
Lisa Clinton wins National Student Spark Social Enterprise Award
Bank of Ireland supporting IASE Open Door
BE Inspired - inspiring adults with intellectual disabilities to start an enterprise
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Job Shadow Day 2014
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Job Shadow Day 2014

“Job Shadow participation has increased annually and is an excellent partnership between employers large and small, local supported employment services and the IASE." - IASE Chairman Greg Barry. 


We would like to thank those involved throughout the country that contributed, through their tireless work and dedication in making Job Shadow Day 2014 such a great success!

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CIPD Ireland Western Region programme finishes on high note
Appreciating the Assets of Aspergers and Autism in the Workplace




Sarah Togher (IASE National Co-ordinator), Geraldine Grady (Open Door), Peter Brabazon (Specialisterne), Kristen Doran (SAP) and Michelle Hand (Matrix)

The CIPD Ireland Western Region closed their 2013 / 14 programme of events “HR:  Unlocking Potential and Leveraging Talent” with the final event of the year  “Appreciating the Assets of Aspergers and Autism in the Workplace".  Insights from the SAP / Specialisterne Global Initiative, speakers Kristen Doran from SAP and Peter Brabazon from Specialisterne spoke about their work together in recruiting key talent on the Autism spectrum for the IT sector.  

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EUSET Partnership set to broaden EU wide job opportunities
Diversity project set to expand the reach of supported employment to marginalised



The Leonardo funded EUSET Diversity Project will see the supported employment model put to work to assist marginalised groups such as ex-offenders, early school leavers and individuals in recovery from substance abuse. 

 "The economic recession is having a detrimental impact across Europe and in particular impacting people from disadvantaged situations, who are being pushed further away from the labour market. The EUSE Toolkit for Diversity will transfer and adapt the Supported Employment Toolkit to people from other disadvantaged groups and provide an employment intervention to assist them to access employment"." - Margaret Haddock, President of EUSE and Chair of NIUSE (lead partner).

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Job Shadow Day Participants




Ever wondered what happens after Job Shadow Day? Read on to find out more about the people that take part and how Job Shadow Day plays a part in individual progression plans leading to further work placement and towards the goal of employment within their chosen area.

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20th June - Managing for High Performance in Organisations
What are you going to do next to transform the performance of your business?


IASE in association with the National Learning Network, EmployAbility Roscommon and ROWO are hosting a FREE Breakfast Briefing on ‘Managing for High Performance in Organisations’ on Friday 20th June from 8:00am – 9:30am in Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
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EU project examines barriers in transition from school to employment



An innovative EU Leonardo da Vinci Partnership project representing 14 partner organisations from 10 EU member states have engaged with some 2,000 student learners, teachers, trainers, job coaches, service providers, employers and personal advocates to help identify crucial barriers to the transition of school leavers with a disability into employment. 

The findings of the project help generate a clearer understanding in both identifying and overcoming these barriers in the transition from school to employment.
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LYIT Opens Door to National Supported Employment Week




LYIT was vibrant with students talking about and having a conversation about disability as an National Supported Employment Week awareness event was taking place at the college.  The active participation from the students and staff demonstrated the great support and the strong link between both students and staff around the area of disability within the college.
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Galway recruiters learn key benefits of Supported Employment model



Margaret Halloran (Open Door), Pauline O'Dwyer (Employability Galway) and Geraldine Grady (Open Door)

The IASE Open Door Project brought together six of the largest recruitment companies in the Galway region to meet with the disability services to provide them with an opportunity to hear how they can consider people with disabilities when recruiting for organisations.  These companies included Collins McNicholas, Sigmar, CPL, Matrix, Careerwise and Adecco.
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Vendability Social Enterprise
Work environments that are safe and truly inclusive


The team from Vendability pictured at the launch of their new Coffee Cart in Harvey Norman Naas Store.

A team of six people who are all blind may not be able to operate a coffee shop however a team made up of people with various disabilities can!   It is only a case of ensuring the environment is suitable.  Vendability's approach to employment is developing teams of people with different disabilities so that their collective abilities shine through rather then focusing on a person’s disability.
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Lisa Clinton wins National Student Spark Social Enterprise Award
Video modelling as a method of promoting skills from social, self-management skills to employment tasks

Award winner Lisa Clinton pictured with Dr. Kevin Lalor, Head of School of Language, Law and Society in DIT. 

Congratulations to Lisa Clinton on the accolade of 1st place regional winner in the National Student Spark Social Enterprise Awards recently.  Lisa's innovative idea is aimed at supporting adults with disabilities in employment through the use of video modelling as a method of promoting skills from social self-management skills to employment tasks.

The awards were launched by Minister Seán Sherlock TD as the first national third level student ‘Spark’ social enterprise awards which recognises and rewards creative and innovative solutions to a diverse range of social issues.

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Bank of Ireland supporting IASE Open Door
Promoting the employer benefits of supported employment


Clair Beglin Duffy (Bank of Ireland) pictured with Margaret Halloran, Open Door Employment Development Officer.

In May, Bank of Ireland supported the IASE Open Door project by providing opportunities to show case in branches in Cavan, Louth, Mayo and Sligo to assist engagement with employers and promote the business case for employing people with disabilities.  Speaking about the events, Dermot Cunningham (Employment Response North West, Sligo) said “this was an excellent opportunity to promote supported employment and how employers benefit from the service, the events allowed us to reach a wider audience and generate new leads by showcasing what we do”
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BE Inspired - inspiring adults with intellectual disabilities to start an enterprise


The BE (Business Enterprise) Inspired project aims to promote business enterprise and entrepreneurship for adults with intellectual disabilities (AID), in a way that is both innovative and inspiring. The European LLP funded project aims to do this through the development of an accredited course that has been translated from English into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Finnish.  

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