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Career support for students with disabilities

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The Employer Mentoring Program

The Careers Support Service at UL operates an employer-mentoring program designed specifically for students with disabilities. The objective of the employer-mentoring program is to provide one to one links between employers and students with disabilities. Through the mentoring relationship, the employer-mentor becomes a useful sounding board offering support and advice on career and employment issues.

The overriding goal is to dispel the perceived negative relationship between being employed and having a disability.

The mentoring experience will enhance employer understanding of disability related issues in the workplace. It is a practical exercise in promoting disability awareness; managing diversity and recognising ability

Employers supporting the Interact Programme include:

  • Bank of Ireland
  • Wyeth Nutritionals
  • Addecco Ireland
  • Vistakon
  • Sercom Solutions
  • Tipperary Leader Group
  • The Civil Service
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Aon Insurances
  • Limerick County Council Environmental Department.
  • GE Capital
  • The Paul Partnership
  • Limerick City Enterprise Board

What does Interact involve?

The program design recognises the need to limit the amount of time that an employer must commit to the program. The employer is asked to meet with the student for a total of four one-hour sessions over a five-month period Nov.- March. In addition, employers are invited to attend a half-day disability awareness session. The Careers Support Service supports participating employers with guidelines resource packs and induction meetings. If you would like more information on the employer-mentoring program please contact Gavin Connell, Head of Careers or alternatively, you can return the completed form.

If you are considering becoming involved in the Employer-Mentoring program the following Evaluation Report and Employer Resource Booklet may be useful.

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