The Civil Service Equality Unit, on behalf of Government Departments and Offices in Ireland has been working with a voluntary organisation, the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) to implement The National Job Shadow Initiative.
The project is aimed at people with disabilities seeking to gain an insight into the workplace.
To implement Civil Service policy on the employment of people with disabilities.
- To identify and tackle the challenges facing people with disabilities in gaining employment.
- To raise the awareness of the competences, capabilities and contributions people with disabilities can make to the workforce.
The Civil Service is strongly committed to the development and implementation of improved measures to promote and support the employment of persons with disabilities.
Through its policies it will aim to ensure that persons with disabilities are placed in jobs that are matched to their skills and abilities.
On a designated day each year, normally at the end of April, personnel from Government Departments and Offices participate in the National Job Shadow Initiative.
The Initiative is designed to bring job seekers with disabilities into the workplace where they can learn about various career opportunities.
The day positively assists in showcasing the talents and abilities and the contribution individuals with a disability can make to the workforce nationally.
The benefits to job seekers include exposure to a work setting which provides the opportunity to learn more about the job requirements and employers expectations.
Job seekers also have the opportunity to evaluate how the skills already learned can be used in the workplace and therefore make informed career decisions for their future.