Clare Supported Employment is encouraging local employers to check if they can benefit from a generous subsidy of €5.30 per hour to employ a candidate who has a disability through their service. The service is available to meet with employers to explain how the subsidy works and to assist businesses to access the grant where possible.
The grant is available to private sector employers, who employ a person who has a disability for 21 hours or more per week where there is a productivity shortfall. Team Leader with Clare Supported Employment, Alice O’Carroll explains how it can work. “The employee could be capable of carrying out most of the tasks involved but a physical disability might prevent them from carrying heavy boxes or from climbing stairs. In the case of a person with a hearing impairment, the person might be able to do everything perfectly except deal with customers on the telephone, for example”. Clare Supported Employment has already supported many local employers through the complete process, assisting in the pre-employment, job match, grant application and follow up mentoring phases.
“We have over a hundred candidates, with various skills, abilities and experience, on our books at any one time and it is very possible that we have the right person for your business” continues Alice.