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Supported Employment Programme

Working on the principals of inclusion, diversity in the workforce and equal opportunities.

What is the Supported Employment Programme?

Supported Employment is a programme in Festina Lente used to support people with disabilities to access employment and work experience opportunities in the community.

The Supported Employment Programme provides ongoing one-to-one support for people with disabilities in job finding, job training, job retention and career

Supported Employment works on the principals of inclusion, diversity in the workforce and equal opportunities.  This inclusive model has proven to be beneficial to employer and employee alike.



Luke Campion working as File Manager in New Ireland Assurance. Luke has been working with New Ireland Assurance for almost ten years. Paddy Donovan (pictured) describes Luke as a hard worker and important part of their team.






New Directions and Community Inclusion

The New Directions Policy was developed in partnership by the HSE, people with disabilities and their families. It promotes choice, person centeredness and community inclusion. Highlighted in the research is the importance and choice for people with disabilities to be included in the workforce and be more active members in their communities.

This in turn has inspired the development of the Supported Employment Programme to work with the men and woman of the Festina Lente Saol Anois Day Service and support them in achieving individual goals.


Gavan O’Dwyer on his work experience placement at The Canine Centre in Churchtown. Gavan really enjoys his work experience in The Canine Centre and helps out with the doggy day care. Gavan is responsible for making sure the dogs are safe and happy and providing enrichment for the dogs and helping with grooming.






How does Supported Employment benefit the Employer?

Financial Incentives
The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides funding of €5.30 per hour to companies who employ people with disabilities for 20 hours or more.

• Wage Subsidy of €5.30 per hour
• NMW rate €9.25 per hour
• Net cost to employer €4.74 per hour
• Net cost to employer 21 hours = €99.54

Ongoing Support
A job coach works with the employer and employee to provide any supports necessary.

Reduced Recruitment Costs
Our Supported Employment Services are provided free of charge.

Increased Productivity & Innovation
Research has shown a diverse workforce fosters innovation, boosts staff morale and leads to increased productivity.

Enhance your Company’s Reputation & Corporate Responsibility
Be a leader in your community and an ambassador for social inclusion. Certificate will be presented to advertise your business as socially inclusive.

Disability Awareness Training Provided
The job coach will deliver disability awareness training to staff free of charge at the request of the employer.




Juliane Moran on her work experience in Peter Marks Bray. Juliane is responsible for keeping the shampoo and color area clean and tidy as well as helping with clients.





Support Services and Job Coaching 

Role of the Job Coach

A job coach is a trained and experienced employment and disability professional who works, one-to-one, with employers and jobseekers. Festina Lente will allocate a job coach to provide ongoing support to each employee/employer.

The job coach will deliver Disability Awareness Training to potential employers and staff.

The job coach will also provide information and support to employers in accessing government grants and setting up wage subsidy schemes.

How can Businesses or Companies get involved?

If your business or company would like to get involved please contact:

Sabrina Tierney
Training Programme Manager
Tel: (01) 2720704 ext 207

Festina Lente
Old Connaught Avenue, Bray,
Co Wicklow, A98 F702
Charity Number: CHY16821

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