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‘Pepping up’ job possibilities


Job opportunities for disabled people in Ireland are getting a new impetus with the ESF supported PEP project

The Irish county of Laois has launched a free job-seeking service to help people with disabilities to find work and build careers. The Personal Employment Pathway project – PEP for short – offers jobseekers free one-to-one assessments, tailored career guidance according to abilities, and importantly, a job-seeking service. “We focus on a person-centred approach and we put a strong emphasis on identifying and finding solutions to any personal barriers and challenges that are preventing the person from returning to employment.” explains Adrian Stewart of the National Learning Network, which is supporting the project. In addition, strong relationships with local employers mean work placements are available to allow disabled jobseekers to try out different types of jobs.

The project – managed by the NGO Pobal – also runs outreach services. Experts and trainers visit jobseekers across the county, ensuring that distance does not create obstacles to better job prospects.