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National Job Shadow Day-Monday 20 April        printable version
10 Apr 2015 filed by editor - General

Job Shadow Day offers people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes about their working day and National Job Shadow Day this year is on Monday, 20th of April.

Organised by the Irish Association for Supported Employment, Job Shadow Day is the highlight of National Supported Employment Week which starts on Monday the 20th of April.

This year, the IASE is asking the public to play an active role by joining the conversation on social media either by tweeting a workplace selfie under the hashtag #workie, 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

Commenting on her involvement, broadcast presenter and publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey said: “I am delighted to lend my support to such a worthwhile initiative, particularly after our positive experience participating in Job Shadow Day last year. 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.”

Last year, over 625 individuals with a disability shadowed at 501 employment sites in Ireland. 34 people went on to get a permanent job placement as a result of Job Shadow and over 100 jobs have been secured for people with a disability since the  initiative started in 2008. is the main sponsor of National Supported Employment Week and the Job Shadow initiative and are encouraging individuals and companies to join in.

Orla Moran, General Manager at 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. The increasing number of participating businesses and permanent job placements are testament to the work of the IASE with supported employment agencies and the beneficial experience of the Job Shadow initiative for all involved. We urge employers throughout Ireland to join us this Job Shadow Day and experience the positives firsthand.”

If you know an employer or a person with an intellectual disability who’d be interested in taking part in Job Shadow 2015 then you can register with the IASE or email or telephone 097 82894 for more information.

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