Companies across Cork have been invited to take part in the 12th annual Job Shadow Day initiative on April 17th 2019.
Job Shadow Day is run by Ability@Work, a dedicated employment service being delivered through Cope Foundation which links employers with people who have intellectual disabilities and/or autism. The day is designed to give people with a disability a unique opportunity to investigate the world of work and demonstrate their abilities.
On April 17th, employers across Cork will be asked to facilitate people with a disability to experience their workplace at first hand. With the support of an on-site mentor, they will get to observe what happens during a normal working day.
The initiative is part of The Ability Programme which is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014–2020. Ability@Work, which is being delivered in Cork by Cope Foundation, connects employers and skilled people with different abilities who want to work.
Ninety four job seekers participated in last year’s Job Shadow Day with 73 companies. From that group, 12 were offered permanent positions.
Employers who participated in 2018 included the Central Statistics Office, Lilly, Janssen, An Post, Marks & Spencer’s, Ervia, CIT, Red FM, Musgrave, the FAI, Cummins Sports, McDonalds, Cork’s 96 FM, the Bark Park, OCS Cleaning, Flannerys Bar, Peter Mark, Shelbourne Bar, Soundstore, Tesco, Oriel House, Cork International Hotel Supervalu, Lidl Ireland, and the Mater Private Hospital Cork.
Participants in the 2019 initiative will be asked to post their support on social media using #JobShadowDay on April 17th.
Commenting the initiative, Ability@Work Co-ordinator for Cope Foundation, Marian Hennessy said, "We want as many employers as possible to get involved in Job Shadow Day 2019. It promotes awareness in the workplace, by challenging attitudes and perceptions and encourages a more inclusive workplace. Participants learn so much by being part of the workforce, discovering and learning about what is required to compete and succeed in today’s workplace, even just for one day."