Employer Schemes and Services
- Disability Awareness Training Support Scheme (DATSS)
This scheme is for employers to provide training and awareness. Grant assistance of 90% of eligible training to max €20,000 in year 1 and 80% in subsequent years.
- EmployAbility Service
EmployAbility Service supports for employers include free recruitment and employment information service, access to a database of skilled jobseekers, access to a committed, local workforce, ongoing support from a professional team of job coaches, and advice on employment grants and supports.
- Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
This scheme offers financial support for employers who employ certain people with disabilities on a full-time basis (21 hours or more a week). Employers who are considering employing a person with a disability, or who are enquiring about other supports for employers of staff with disabilities, should get in touch with their local employment services office for more information.
- Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)
This scheme is to help employers to retain employees who acquire a disability.
Assistance is in two phases:
1. help with developing a retention strategy – up to 90% of the cost to a maximum of €2,500; and
2. implementing the retention strategy – up to 90% of the cost to a maximum of €12,500.
- Workplace Equipment/ Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
Grant assistance is available for employers, employees and self-employed disabled people who need to adapt the workplace or purchase specialised equipment for staff with disabilities to max €6,348.70.
- JobsPlus & JobsPlus Youth
These are incentives from the Department of Social Protection to encourage and reward employers who offer employment opportunities to the long-term unemployed (including persons with disabilities). Grants of €7,500 and €10,000 are available.
- Closed Supports
Please note that the Back to Work Allowance closed in May 2009. Job Assist has been replaced by the JobsPlus Initiative and Supported Employment Service has been replaced by EmployAbility Service.