Post your #workie to show your support!

(L-R) Sarah Layton (shadow) and  Norah Casey (broadcast presenter & publishing entrepreneur) lead the way by snapping a #workie together at the launch.
 
The Irish Association for Supported Employment has officially launched the eighth annual National Supported Employment Week which will run from Monday, 20 – Sunday, 26 April. Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 22 April) is the highlight of the week and will see hundreds of people with disabilities take the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about a normal working day.
 
This year, the IASE is asking everyone to join the conversation on social media - by tweeting a workplace selfie under the hashtag #workie, by taking a 60 second video explaining why you support Job Shadow Day, or by nominating a company you know to get involved under the hashtag #JSnominate (@IASEemployment).

This year, the IASE is asking everyone to join the conversation on social media - by tweeting a workplace selfie under the hashtag #workie, by taking a 60 second video explaining why you support Job Shadow Day, or by nominating a company you know to get involved under the hashtag #JSnominate (@IASEemployment).

 
 
Commenting on her involvement, broadcast presenter and publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey said: “I would encourage as many employers as possible to get involved and join us in promoting an inclusive workplace and equal employment opportunities for those with disabilities.”
 
Job Shadow Day brings people with disabilities and local employers together to highlight the valuable contribution people with disabilities can, and do make in the workplace. Last year, over 625 individuals with a disability shadowed at 501 employment sites in Ireland, with 34 securing a permanent job placement as a direct result. 113 jobs have been secured through the initiative since 2008. 
 
IrishJobs.ie, Ireland’s number one recruitment website, is the main sponsor of National Supported Employment Week and the Job Shadow initiative.
 
Orla Moran, General Manager at IrishJobs.ie said: “Initiatives like Job Shadow Day are important, not only for those with a disability but also as a first step for an employer who may have a suitable vacancy in their organisation. We urge employers throughout Ireland to join us this Job Shadow Day and experience the positives firsthand.”
 
Greg Barry, Chairman, IASE concluded: “We want to build on this success and continue to break down barriers to the workplace which, despite much progress in recent years, still remains a significant issue for people with disabilities.”
 
Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Job Shadow Day 2015 are invited to register their interest here.