Employee Schemes and Supports

Employee Supports

Job Interviewer grant

This enables anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing or has a significant speech impairment to have a professional interpreter provide services for them at a job interview.  Applicants may also get this grant to cover the costs of an interpreter during an induction period.  

Partial Capacity Grant  

This is a social welfare scheme which allows employees to return to work or self-employment (if they have reduced capacity to work) and continue to receive a payment from the Department of Social Protection.

Personal Reader Grant (PRG)

This is an employee support, though the employer can apply on behalf of the employee.  It is for employees who have a visual impairment or are blind and need some extra assistance with reading at work.  This grant aid allows you to employ someone on a part-time basis or on a casual basis at times when help is needed (for example, a special project) for a maximum of 640 hours a year to help your employee with reading at work.

Employee Schemes

AHEAD Student services

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.

Check out how they can help students here

The WAM Programme

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) is a work placement programme which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.

Participating employers (WAM Leaders) collaborate with WAM to offer mentored, paid work placements for graduates with disabilities.  This partnership brings graduates with disabilities and WAM’s network of employers together so that both can benefit from each other - ensuring genuine learning opportunities for all.

Headway Job Club

The Job Club aims to expand awareness and help participants understand how the application of simple techniques can greatly enhance job seeking skills.  There is an emphasis on 'skills' learnt when gaining a qualification, not just the subject matter.

The following is covered in the Job Club:

  • Develop job seeking skills and techniques such as preparing a Curriculum Vitae and application letter;
  • Develop an individual job search plan;
  • Prepare for interviews;
  • Build relationships and rapport;
  • Develop verbal communication skills as well as body language skills;
  • Identify individual strengths and skills and match them to local work opportunities;
  • Identify ways to improve job seeking decision-making capabilities;
  • Explore and analyse local work opportunities;
  • Have access to the facilities of the Job Club (telephones, computer, email, newspapers and so on)
  • Develop a network of contacts which can be of help in getting work.

For more information visit the HeadWay website