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15/11/2013

Irish minister praises pilot project to help young people with disabilities join the mainstream job market

Joan Burton, the Irish Minister for Social Protection, officially launched a pilot project aimed at helping young people with disabilities to access mainstream employment, education and training. The WALK PEER programme is being piloted in Louth County. If successful it could be adopted throughout the country. “I am delighted to have been in a position to provide joint funding with the European Social Fund to support the young people participating in this programme which leads towards paid employment,” Minister Burton said.

PEER stands for Providing Equal Employment Routes and the WALK PEER programme helps participants to overcome the hurdles preventing them from finding and keeping paid work. The project is already working with almost 80 young people across the county and is seeking 100 young people to become volunteer PEER mentors to support participants in attaining their goals.