A campaign aimed at supporting job seekers with disabilities is on track to place 100 people in employment by the end of the year.
Earlier this year, EmployAbility Galway called on Galway City and County employers to back their #100jobs campaign and support their goal of placing 100 people with disabilities in employment for 2016, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
“We’ve had 95 jobs pledged so far and we have 86 jobs filled now so we’re pretty much on target,” coordinator of EmployAbility Galway Pauline O’Dwyer said this week.
However, she added that they need a final push to get them over the line by the end of 2016.
“We need the help of employers from Galway to help make it happen so we’re hoping we will get more pledges in,” she said.
Any type of business can get involved with EmployAbility, which scooped the ‘Best Customer Service’ award at the weekend’s Galway Chamber Business Awards.
“Anyone with any business can get involved because we’ve such a wide range of candidates that are looking for work. We are especially looking for work for a gentleman who has just completed his postgrad in software engineering, he did very well in his exams and he’s got previous work experience and another degree so we’d be really interested in hearing from anyone in relation to this.
“Also cleaning jobs or even outdoor/light maintenance, say for example, outside a petrol station, someone to sweep up, keep the area tidy,” said Ms O’Dwyer.
If a company has identified a vacancy in their organisation they can contact EmployAbility Galway with the job description, EmployAbility will then select a number of suitable candidates and present their CVs to the company.
If a business decides to hire through EmployAbility, they can support both parties with contracts of employment, induction, and accessing grants and supports. They can also provide training and mentoring on the job.
Ms O’Dwyer said EmployAbility are always keen to stress what the person can do and contribute to the company and for employers to recognise how they can benefit too.
“Another positive I think would be that a lot of our candidates are willing to work short working days and flexible hours and that’s not necessarily suitable for other people that are in the labour market as job seekers.”
EmployAbility Galway, based in Galway Technology Centre in Mervue, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 086-3800444 or 091-755235. Businesses can pledge a job online directly from their website www.employ abilitygalway.ie