THE Midland Employment Support Agency (MESA) promotes the employment of job seekers with disabilities using a service called Supported Employment.
The organisation is running a Job Shadow Day which it is hoped will promote the benefits of Supported Employment among employers, job seekers with a disability and the general public.
Job Shadow was initiated and developed by MESA back in 2008 and has since grown to become a national event with many organisations involved. The ultimate goal of this one day event is to demonstrate the employment potential of people with disabilities, while encouraging employers to consider this group of job seekers when recruiting.
This year’s event takes place during Easter week with placements taking place throughout the Midlands. MESA particularly welcomes enquiries from employers interested in taking part in Job Shadow Day. If you are an employer or a job seeker with a disability and require further information on Supported Employment or Job Shadow Day visit www.mesa4.com or contact your local Employment Officer Wanda Shaw in Tullamore on 086 387 3047.
You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mesa4employability .
Speaking at the launch of MESA’s Job Shadow Day, Mr Tony Reilly, MESA Coordinator, explained that MESA is part of a national service funded by FAS to support people with disabilities who want to take up main stream employment.
Mr Reilly commented, “EmployAbility is a term that could best describe our philosophy when seeking to secure employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We encourage employers to consider an individual’s ability rather than their disability and this approach has helped us to secure 30 jobs and almost 50 work experiences with employers across the Midlands during the last year alone.”
In fact MESA embraces this approach to such an extent that the company is considering a name change to EmployAbility Midlands later this year. Tullamore Employment Officer Wanda Shaw also explained how employment is the key to economic success and integration for job seekers with disabilities
Mr. Reilly acknowledged the support of local employers in achieving the outlined targets. He finished by saying that MESA looks forward to supporting them in the future by providing candidates for positions with short hours, unsocial hours and part or full-time hours as well as candidates for work experience positions.