Saturday 31 January 2015

Lending a hand: famous names get involved for Job Shadow Day

Ed Robinson, supported by STEP supported employment (left) with RTE sports presenter Darragh Maloney. Picture Naoise Culhane
Brian Malone with barman Brian O’Kane at The Porterhouse on Nassau Street in Dublin, during the seventh annual Job Shadow Day
Lisa McEvoy (left) with Susan Butler as she prepares for her day with Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will get extra help today as part of Job Shadow Day.

Lisa McEvoy (20), who has an interest in politics, will spend time with Mr Kenny and a number of other participants will work in the Department of An Taoiseach.

The day, now in its seventh year, is organised by voluntary organisation the Irish Association for Supported Employment (IASE).

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton will step aside from her political office to shadow Aidan Gannon (48) in his work in St Mary's Nursing Home in Dublin. And RTE sports broadcaster Darragh Maloney, who will be shadowed by Ed Robinson, is another high-profile person taking part in the initiative, which highlights the contribution that people with disabilities make in the workplace.

Apart from Ms Burton's visit to the Donnybrook nursing home, the participants with disabilities will spend the day in their chosen workplace.

"This was initially set up as an awareness raising event but jobs have started to come out of it and more and more workplaces are getting involved," said a spokeswoman for the IASE.

There are 650 placements happening today compared with 438 last year. About 27 permanent jobs were secured by participants last year.

Irish Independent

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