Wage Subsidy Scheme
This is a financial assistance scheme paid to employers to encourage them to employ people with disabilities. For more information, log on to Supports for Employers at www.welfare.ie
Reasonable Accommodation Fund
Employee Retention Grant
This grant helps employers in the private sector to retain at work employees who have acquired a disability whether occupational or not. It provides funding to identify accommodation or training to enable the trainee to remain in their current position or retrain them to take up another position within the same organisation.
Workplace Equipment and Adaptation Grant
This grant is available to employers in the private sector who need to adapt equipment or a workplace to accommodate a disabled employee.
Personal Reader Grant
This grant provides funding to private sector employers to employ a personal reader to help a blind or visually impaired person in their work. The grant is paid based on fee per hour based on minimum wage.
Job Interviewer Interpreter Grant
This grant is available to cover the costs of an interpreter for interview and/ or induction purposes where an interviewee or new staff member is deaf, hard of hearing or has a speech impediment.
For more information on Reasonable Accommodation Fund, log onto Supports for Employers at www.welfare.ie
Disability awareness training for employers
The Department of Social Protection provides grants to employers to help pay for staff training on integrating people with disabilities in the workplace and addressing the concerns that employers and employees may have about working with people with disabilities. For more information, log on to Supports for Employers at www.welfare.ie
Supported Employment Programme/ EmployAbility Service
This is an open labour market initiative providing disabled people with supports to help them access the open labour market. It is implemented by sponsor organisations on behalf of the department who employ Job Coaches to provide a range of supports tailored to the individual needs of a jobseeker. The ultimate outcome is that the employee becomes independent of Job Coach support. For more information, log on to Supports for Employers at www.welfare.ie
Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme
This scheme, which commenced in 2010 and was extended to 2011, provides exemption from employer’s PRSI in respect of any new and additional employees who were in receipt of certain social welfare payments. The exemption is for twelve months from the date that the employment is approved by the Department of Social Protection. For more information, log on to 'www.welfare.ie'.