Minister Humphreys announces funding to improve employment opportunities for disabled people

The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, announced that the government would allocate more funds to help disabled individuals find employment opportunities.

  • Grants for 52 organisations to improve employment prospects and provide educational opportunities for disabled people
  • Focus on building the capacity of employers to recruit, retain and help disabled people progress within their workforce
  • ‘Workability Programme’ a key part of Government’s ‘Pathways to Work’ Strategy

The WorkAbility: Inclusive Pathways to Employment Programme is a new employment focused programme which aims to support disabled people to enter education and employment.

The programme will begin in January 2024, with grants available of up to €200,000 per year.

In the coming days Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, will contact the 52 applicants who reached the qualifying threshold to confirm their successful funding.

The programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) under Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training Programme (EIST) 2021-2027 and the Department of Social Protection, and will be administered by Pobal.

The primary purpose of the funding is to provide disabled people with the opportunity to gain and sustain employment/self-employment or to access education and training to improve their employment prospects.

Click here to check the list of successful organisations.