Employer Disability Information Service Launched
The new national Employers Disability Information service (EDI) designed to provide employers with an expert peer source of advice and information on employing staff with disabilities was launched today (2nd February). The ultimate aim is to promote increased employment of people with disabilities.
A consortium of Chambers Ireland, Ibec and ISME will co-manage this National Employer Support Service which will be housed in ISME. The intention is to build and enhance employer capacity to recruit and retain staff with disabilities by having a pool of authoritative advice and information available.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said “I am delighted to welcome the launch of this important initiative to provide employers with expert advice on employing people with disabilities. The aim of this initiative is ultimately to promote increased employment of people with disabilities. That is an aim shared by Government, and recently we launched a Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, in which providing better advice of this kind was an important action in that plan”.
Mark Fielding, ISME CEO, commented on the new initiative, “Irish Employers are open to hiring people with disabilities and sometimes require advice on how best to accommodate the needs of the new staff member. This helpline initiative for employers, run by employers, will allow them to seek advice in this area and will ultimately lead to an improved working environment for people with disabilities. A new web design has been created - www.employerdisabilityinfo.ie as a repository of information and best practice advice. Our hope is that this advice will ease the transition into the workplace for both employees and employers.”
The service is a centrally-based national resource of peer advice and information for employers on employment of people with disabilities.
The service comprises:
- A helpline on a dedicated phone line (01- 6762014) providing advice and information to employers on employment of people with disabilities.
- A central web-based information resource (employerdisabilityinfo.ie) incorporating guidance and best practice, which in its own right has been created to accessible web design best practice.
- The use of the mainstream channels of the participating organisations to disseminate information on the service and on matters relating to employment of people with disabilities.
- The development of networks and fora for employers to share experiences and good practice.
“The Government aims to increase the number of people with disabilities in employment by 15% in the next ten years. Employers are a key stakeholder in meeting this target and so it is vital that they are assisted in ensuring that they can provide a safe and productive workplace. The employers’ helpline will be a central piece in this plan”, concluded Fielding.