EmployAbility Service Louth offers a comprehensive job matching and employment support service for people with a disability. This may involve assistance in identifying prospective employers and job vacancies as well as help with curriculum vitae, job applications and interview coaching.
Once you are in work we can then provide appropriate ongoing support for each individual; this may include help in applying for employment grants or advice and guidance on any accommodations you may be entitled to in the workplace.
Our support service is discreet and tailored to the needs of each of our clients in enabling them to move towards independence in their pursuit of a successful career.
Yes. If you have a disability and need assistance to get a job, we can help you. If you are not in receipt of a disability payment you can still apply to our service.
Yes. We can help you to assess your new circumstances in relation to your work options. We can advise you and your current employer about the grants available to retrain you to undertake alternative duties in the company or to help you continue to work at your existing duties using modified techniques. We can also explore new work options and help you rebuild your career.
It is true that there are fewer employment opportunities in Ireland at the moment and this makes the job search more challenging. However it is important to remember that people are still getting jobs. If you are willing to be more flexible around the type of work, hours and where you will work this will help to improve your chances of finding a job.
People helped by EmployAbility Service Louth work different hours, ranging from a eight hours per week to full-time. Each jobseeker’s personal circumstances are different, and we can discuss with you what working arrangement is best for you.
It is not possible to say how long it will take to get a job. Much as we would like to be able to – we simply can’t promise that you will definitely get a job. However we can promise that we will do our best to help you to get a job. It is important to remember that job seeking is a partnership approach between you and your Employment Facilitator with both of you working together to help you to progress to employment. Being flexible, available and open to opportunity will help you to find work quicker. It is also worth considering taking up temporary work experience opportunities to enhance your chances as well.
Different payments have different rules. It will depend on what payment you are on, how many hours you work and what your earnings are. Many people can work part time and still receive some of their payment. We can discuss this with you and help you to figure out the best plan for your situation.
To avail of our support you must be a person with a disability, mental health difficulty, or be in recovery from accident or illness and require support to find and maintain employment. You must have the necessary training completed and be job ready. All clients must be available to work a minimum of 8 hours per week and be able to transition into employment without support after a reasonable period of time.
The disclosure of information can be a sensitive issue for many people with disabilities. Your Employment Facilitator will discuss with you the best way to disclose information about your disability, when applying for jobs. With your consent, we can discuss with prospective employers work options based on your abilities, and identify workable solutions to any challenges that may present.
This depends on the going rate of the organisation/company, but you will be paid at least minimum wage €10.20
Employers know that most employees (with or without a disability) at some point cannot attend work due to illness. It is important when you are sick and cannot attend to follow your employer’s protocol for this.
Notify your employer well in advance of any hospital appointments. If you are regularly missing work days due to illness, your Employment Facilitator may step in and reassess the situation with you and your employer with regard to different hours, further supports or putting the employment on hold until you become well again.
If you are getting Disability Allowance and working, income you earn up to €427 per week is not taken into account in the means test for the medical card.
Before 3 December 2018, the limit was €120 per week.
If you are in receipt of JA or JB - If you are unemployed for 12 months or more and you are successful in finding employment you may be entitled to keep your medical card for up to 3 years. (Page 102 INOU Welfare to Work)
If you are in receipt of One-Parent Family Payment and you are successful in finding employment you may be entitled to keep your medical card for up to 3 years. (Page 114 INOU Welfare to Work)
No. Our service is free of charge to jobseekers and to employers.
9B/9C Partnership Court,
Park St, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Tel: 042 9386718
Mobile: 087 6386885