A passionate Kilkenny hurling fan landed his dream job for a day recently!
David Bryan, 25 from Callan, was beside Kilkenny manager Brian Cody in the dressing room before the ‘Cats’ lined out against Waterford in their Allianz Hurling League fixture on Monday, March 18 at Nowlan Park.
And David was thrilled as he got the opportunity to hand out the jerseys to his hurling heroes.
The event was part of a ‘Job Shadow’ organised by Access Supported Employment, Kilkenny, ahead of National Job Shadow Day on Wednesday, April 24 next.
Mr Cody is also taking part in Job Shadow Day itself but off the GAA field, in his role as a school principal.
Job Shadow Day is a national project, organised by the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE).
It brings people with disabilities and local employers together for one day. Job seekers with disability explore the world of work by ‘shadowing’ someone in their workplace.
Teresa Mallon, Chairperson, IASE commented, “The IASE, along with the other organisations involved, put all of the necessary planning and supports in place so employers and job seekers can simply enjoy taking part and get the maximum benefit from the day.”
Kilkenny’s Jennifer Gaffney took part in ‘Job Shadow’ last year and she was happy to recommend the experience to job seekers in 2013.
“I enjoyed the experience of the OPW and all the staff were lovely to me,” she said. Jennifer shadowed Mick Long from the Office of Public Works in Kilkenny.
“We were very happy to facilitate the Job Shadow for Jennifer and there was great benefit derived by the staff team here and Jennifer as the participant,” said Mr Long.
The Teagasc office at Kildalton College also took part in Job Shadow last year. John Doran went to work at the office for the day.
Teagasc’s John McNamara said the team there really enjoyed the experience.
“We are pleased to support the initiative. John was really interested in farming so we concentrated on the practical aspects of this at Kildalton College. Farm manager John Walsh had a great exchange with John, particularly about cattle and machinery. We look forward to participating on April 24.”
A Great Opportunity
The Aspect Hotel in Kilkenny has a long and successful involvement with supported employment.
“We already work in partnership with Access Supported Employment Service as we have a person working in paid employment here every Tuesday,” explained Clement Gleeson, manager at the hotel.
He added, “When we were approached to facilitate a job shadow last year, we were delighted to do so. Both the participant and our team here enjoyed the experience. It is a great opportunity for a person to work in their ideal career.”
Job Shadow Day is part of IASE’s fourth ever National Supported Employment Week, running from Monday, April 22 to Sunday, April 28.
Supported Employment organisations, jobseekers and employers will showcase employment for people with disabilities through a variety of themed events, seminars and a national publicity campaign raising awareness of employment for people with disabilities.
Initiatives such as Job Shadow Day offer individuals with a disability a unique opportunity to get a close up look at the world of work, enabling them to discover and learn about the skills and education required to compete and succeed in the workplace.
Many high profile individuals have already signed up to participate this year, including Brian Cody, celebrity chef Neven Maguire, Michael Healy–Rae and Kerry footballer Colm Cooper.
Employers and job seekers interested in participating in Job Shadow Day 2013 are invited to register their interest at www.iase.ie
Access Supported Employment Service at SOS Kilkenny Ltd co-ordinate Job Shadow for Kilkenny participants and contact job coach Anne Corr (IASE South East Rep) on 056 7795833 / 086 3383951 for further information.