THE Midland Employment Support Agency Ltd (MESA) will be changing its name to EmployAbility Midlands from October 14 next.
MESA is one of 23 service providers who deliver the FÁS funded national supported employment service, with the midland region extending to cover the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.
This service supports job seekers with disabilities to secure mainstream paid employment and to date MESA has assisted over 600 people in securing work placements.
MESA’s c-oordinator Tony Reilly explained, “In the past each company has undertaken their own promotion and marketing, however by establishing a coherent and visible identity for all the service providers, we feel this would undoubtedly assist in the promotion of the service to employers and job seekers with disabilities in a more consistent and effective manner. Furthermore, we feel that EmployAbility conjures up a positive image of disability and links the idea of employment and people’s abilities.”
MESA’s supported employment service was established here in the Midlands in 2001 and is about to celebrate 10 years of quality service delivery with a function designed to launch their new name while raising awareness of the service among employers and members of the community.
Speaking to the Offaly Express, MESA’s Employment Officer Wanda Shaw commented, “Our supported employment service supports people with disabilities in finding suitable employment and in maintaining the job with onsite training and support where required. On the other hand we support employers by providing suitable candidates to fill positions of varying duration with assistance available throughout the placement.”
One such example is Nicholas Minnock who has been working in Dunnes Stores in Tullamore since 2002. MESA helped Nicholas to source the job and were on hand to give him any support he needed settling into his new position.
Kevin Clear was a recent jobseeker. He contacted MESA earlier this year and was assisted to find part time work with Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists.
Further information about MESA and EmployAbility can be found at www.mesa4.com or contact Wanda Shaw on 05793 23901 or 086 387 3047.