Saturday 24 February 2018

Shedding light on employment

Daniel Turner (20), during his job shadowing in Supervalu, Grange.
Daniel Turner (20), during his job shadowing in Supervalu, Grange.

Emma Gallagher

'Job shadow' initiative opens doors for Sligo people with disabilities

Last week, National Supported Employment took place throughout Ireland. People with disabilities had the chance to work in businesses in various categories.

We caught up with Edward Molloy and Daniel Turner, who shadowed people employed in radio and retail.

Daniel, 20, from Grange, worked in Supervalu, Grange.

He said: "I have been shadowing Emma, and was involved in price checking and merchandising.

"I really like the job and would hope to get into retail in the future.

"It's good getting to meet customers, instead of being behind the scenes.

"I haven't worked in a job like this before, it's been really good, every day is different."

Edward, from Rathcormac, spent his time in Ocean Fm.

There, he worked alongside host Niall Delaney and sports presenter Darragh Cox.

He added: "I really enjoyed seeing how things are done behind the scenes in a very busy radio station."

Co-ordinator Dermot Cunningham said: "Employment Response North West have worked with a good number of employers in Sligo.

"The focus is on giving people with disabilities a chance to see first hand what training they require in order to pursue their chosen career."

"In some cases, some people have secured employment."

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