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Last updateSun, 06 Nov 2016 10am

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Back to Work

The Back to Work Allowance Scheme encourages unemployed people (among others) in Ireland to take up employment. The Scheme is aimed at lone parents, people getting Illness Benefit for 3 years or more and people getting a number of other social welfare benefits.

For example, Disability Allowance, Blind Pension, Farm Assist, Invalidity Pension, Incapacity Supplement, Pre-Retirement Allowance Widow(er)`s (Non-Contributory) Pension, Deserted Wife`s Allowance/Benefit and Prisoner`s Wife`s Allowance.


Supported Employment Programme

Through this programme, people with disabilities who need additional assistance will be helped to get and retain employment. Employment, work and training options are to be provided for people with disabilities who are unable to obtain or maintain employment in the open labour market.


The objectives of the Supported Employment Programme are to:

facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into paid employment, in the open labour market,
provide support to assist with this integration process,
meet the labour requirements of employers.
The key commitments secured under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness were:


Disclosing Your Disability

Deciding when and how to disclose your disability to a potential employer is a crucial issue. Ultimately, the decision rests with the individual and is a personal choice. You may feel anxious about disclosing your disability as you may be concerned about being automatically rejected, or that your potential employer will not view you objectively. Aside from that, you may have a strong desire for privacy.

Why Disclose?

Many employers are committed to employing people with disabilities. Keep an eye out for the ‘Equal Opportunities’ policy.

You may be asked to complete a medical form and if so, you must complete it truthfully.

There may be the need for work-place adaptations.


Employment Quota for People with Disabilitie

Workplace Developments

Despite efforts to increase the quota of people with disabilities working in the Civil Service and the Public Sector, figures remain low.

In an effort to combat this, a 3% Quota Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, introduced a quota level for the employment of people with disabilities in the public service. As part of this initiative, brochures have been produced detailing targeted recruitment measures which need to be taken by Public Sector employers.
As the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness states:


Designing Your C.V.

There is no universal format that a CV has to follow. However it should be:

A clear, well presented document
Filled with interesting, relevant information
A script for talking about yourself

General Guidelines

CV should be no longer than 2 pages
The CV should be honest and factual
The format should allow you to headline key skills, achievements and attributes
Your employment history should start with your most recent or current job and work backwards
Leave out irrelevant or negative information
List all your professional memberships and relevant qualifications



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