The purpose of the Employee Retention Grant Scheme is to assist employers to retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job. It helps to explore an employee's continuing capacity to operate as a productive member of the workforce. This scheme assists in maintaining the employability of an employee when he/she acquires an illness, condition or impairment (occupational or otherwise) by providing funding to:
- Identify accommodation and/or training to enable the employee to remain in his/her current position; or
- Re-train the employee so that he/she can take up another position within the company.
The scheme is Structured in 2 stages, comprising the development and implementation of a retention strategy.
Stage 1 facilitates employers by enabling them to buy in external specialist skills and knowledge needed to develop an individualised ‘written retention strategy’ for an employee who acquires a disability.
Stage 2 provides funding to the employer towards the implementation of the written retention strategy, including re-training, job coaching and/or hiring of an external co-ordinator to oversee and manage its implementation.
The Employee Retention Grant Scheme is open to all companies in the private sector. Funding is available to support the retention of any existing employee, at any level and occupation within the company, who acquires an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on his/her current ability to do his/her job.
Funding & Application
Stage 1 – Development of the Retention Strategy
Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €2,500 towards the development of a written retention strategy for any one employee.
Stage 2 – Implementation of the Retention Strategy
Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €12,500 towards the implementation of a retention strategy for any one employee. Funding for the specialist personnel is limited to a set number of hours and application may not be made without the support of an individualised written retention strategy (refer to Stage 1).
Contact details for the Employee Retention Grant Scheme can be accessed here