LETTER: A call to join job shadow initiative

April 30th, 2017 8:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – COPE Foundation, an organisation providing support and services to 2,350 people with intellectual disability and/or autism throughout Cork, has this week launched our Job Shadow Day Initiative 2017.

This is part of the National Job Shadow Week, in conjunction with the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE). 

The Job Shadow initiative is a hugely important campaign to promote equal employment opportunities in the workplace. Cope Foundation is calling on businesses, large or small, across Cork city and county to open their minds and take part this year.

Participants supported by Cope Foundation will explore the world of work by ‘shadowing’ someone in a chosen work place. 

They will learn what happens during a normal working day and will be supported by a mentor in the work place they visit.  

The ‘Job Shadow Day Initiative’ is designed to give people with disabilities a unique opportunity to investigate the world of work and learn about job requirements and employer expectations. Employers of all types throughout Cork are invited to participate in the scheme over the coming months. 

They will gain an increased understanding of the talent of job seekers with disabilities and how these workers can meet their staffing needs. 

In 2016 over 80 people supported by Cope Foundation participated in the scheme. We are calling on businesses in Cork to get involved this year and open their doors to people who want to learn about the work place. 

Other employers who participated in 2016 include Cork Chamber Of Commerce, Marks & Spencer’s, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Anglesea Street Garda Station, Watercourse Road Garda Station, the Central Statistics Office, St Luke’s Nursing Home, Vibes & Scribes, Heatons Stores, Cork City Football Club, Bord Gais, Cork City Fire Brigade, Musgraves Marketplace, and many more.

For more information, contact Marian Hennessy at [email protected] or phone 021-4643160.

Jo-Anne Higgins

Cope Foundation



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