Employers

Supporting inclusive employment

Does your business want to recruit or retain staff, or become more disability confident?

  • We’re looking for employment opportunities (from 1-39 hours per week) for motivated and committed jobseekers who want to work.
  • We can help you to make your workplace more inclusive.
  • We make it easier for a business to hire a person with a disability.
  • Our employment service is available to every business in Clare​.
  • We are government funded so there is no charge for our service.

Recruitment

We help you find the right person for your business

We want to be confident that our candidates can make a valuable contribution to your organisation so a good job match is important. All the job seekers who avail of our support begin by taking part in an assessment where we identify their skills and abilities, their work interests and any reasonable accommodations required in the workplace.

If you have a vacancy in your organisation contact us with a job description. If we have clients with the right skillset, we will select a number of candidates we feel are suitable and send their CVs to you. If you would like to interview them, we can set this up with you.

Reduce your recruitment costs

As we are funded by the Department of Social Protection and Employment Affairs there is no charge for our service, which is free to employers. We can reduce your need for costly advertising, time spent on selection of candidates for interview, and the loss of valuable time involved in the entire recruitment and selection process.

Employer Supports

How can we help you?

If you decide to hire we can help with induction.

Our employment facilitators provide mentoring and on the job support to the employee and employer if needed.

We provide information and guidance on employer grants and subsidies and workplace adjustments.

If you want to retain an employee who acquires an illness or disability we can help.

We can offer you guidance on positive action towards disability and mental health support in the workplace. We can help you customise a role, do a job and task analysis.

We also provide you with a practical approach to (CSR) Corporate Social Responsibility.

Financial Supports

Did you know that you could avail of generous government grants and subsidies? EmployAbility staff will tell you how to apply for grants and who to contact.

Disability Awareness Training Grants

The Disability Awareness Support Scheme provides funding so that employers can buy in Disability Awareness Training for their staff. The purpose of the training is to deliver clear and accurate information about disability and to address questions or concerns that employers and employees may have about working with people with disabilities Up to 90% of cost of training is funded, with up to €20,000 available.

Wage Subsidy Scheme

€6.30 per hour towards wages if you employ someone with an illness or disability for 21 hours or more per week.

A person on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees. These conditions include a contract of employment, PRSI contributions, annual leave, tax deductions and the going rate for the job.

Workplace adjustments and adaptation grants

Up to €6,348.70 to adapt the workplace or purchase specialised equipment for staff with disabilities.

Employee retention grants to help retain employees who acquire a disability.

Help with developing a retention strategy – up to 90% of the cost to a maximum of €2,500 Implementing the retention strategy – up to 90% of the cost to a maximum of €12,500.

Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP)​

The Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP) is a 6-month, 30 hour per week work experience programme, funded by the Department of Social Protection. The programme is for jobseekers who have been unemployed for six months or more and are currently getting a qualifying social welfare payment.​

WPEP aims to give people the opportunity to re-train or get experience in a new role, on a work placement in a host organisation. ​

The Programme is open to employers in the private, public, civil service and community and voluntary sectors. ​

The weekly rate of payment is €311 paid by the Department of Social Protection. Employers must ensure that Employer Liability Insurance covers participants on this programme.​

We can help your business explore opportunities for hosting a WPEP placement​.

Jobs Plus

Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available for employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed.

CSR Window to Work

Not recruiting but want to support our work?

Window to Work is a CSR opportunity for companies to support EmployAbility and empower people with a disability to take their first step into employment.

There are several ways to get involved:

Workplace Visit

Show a jobseeker around your business, explain what you do, who your customers are and the jobs your employees have.

Job Shadow

Give a person an opportunity to shadow a staff member to find out about their day to day work and their career path.

Mentoring

Help with interview preparation, practice interviews and feedback, or CV critique

Working Interview / Work Trial

This gives the employer and jobseeker an opportunity to see if there is a good job and skills match.

Work Experience

A short-term placement could help a jobseeker get a job in the future. Can you offer a structured work experience placement? This helps a person develop their skills and confidence and assess their suitability for a job.

Get to Know Us and Our Service

Even if you do not have any vacancies, you can get to know your local EmployAbility service. You may have employees, family or friends who might use our service in the future.

Disability Confidence

What or who does the term ‘disability’ apply to?

Disability is a broad term. It includes people with physical or sensory disabilities, people with mental health conditions, people who acquire a disability or illness, people with intellectual disabilities, people across the autism spectrum and people recovering from accidents.

Often a disability is not visible such as dyslexia, epilepsy, chronic pain or diabetes. There are ten elements to disability confidence. See how you rate, using this Disability Confidence Checklist (PDF, 90kB).

We can give you practical advice on supporting people in the workplace with specific disabilities.

Disability Support Organisations

There are over 100 disability support organisations in Ireland. EmployAbility Clare has an up to date list of disability support organisations and contact details.

Supporting Your Staff

Downloads and guides

Health and Safety

The Health & Safety Authority Ireland: An employer’s guide to implementing inclusive health and safety practices for employees with disabilities.

Download Employees with Disabilities
(PDF, 457kB)

National Disability Authority have published a guide on retaining employees who acquire a disability.

Download Retaining Employees Who Acquire a Disability – A Guide for Employers (PDF, 845kB)

Wellbeing and Mental Health

EmployAbility services provide practical supports and advice to employers promoting wellbeing and mental health supports in the workplace.

Download Health and Wellbeing – A Managers Guide (PDF, 509kB)

(Written by EmployAbility Kerry team. Mental Health Ireland has a network of 92 mental health associations throughout Ireland.)

EmployAbility services can direct you to local support organisations promoting positive mental health.

Employers for Change

Employers for Change provides an employer disability information service which empowers employers with all the information and advice needed to hire, employ, manage and retain staff with disabilities.

If you are an employer looking for information, contact by email: info@employersforchange.ie​

or by call, text or WhatsApp: 085 157 9603.

Video call can be arranged by email or text.​

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.​

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