WALK REAL Ability Project focuses on bringing local people with disabilities to the labour market

THE Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, TD, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, officially launched the WALK REAL Ability Project for WALK, the Walkinstown Association for People with an Intellectual Disability.

The WALK REAL Ability Project – Reaching Employment Ambitions in Life - is one of 27 projects funded under the ‘Ability Programme’ that focuses on bringing young people (aged 15 to 29 years) with disabilities closer to the labour market.

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At the launch of the WALK REAL Ability Project for WALK

It supports these young people who can and want to work to develop their vocational and employability skills to get a job.

Through the WALK REAL Ability Project, 75 young people with intellectual disabilities and autism will get valuable work experience and training in the environment of the Supported Employment model.

The Supported Employment model is delivered by professional Job Coaches where participants develop their own vocational profiles and personal progression plans before taking up a series of appropriate work experience placements of their choosing.

Engagement with local employers will help participants find work and avail of other opportunities.

It also supports employers in building their capacity to become more proactive in employing people with disabilities.

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