career planning


I’m writing to you because you may want to take part in our “Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media” initiative beginning this May.

Nearfm are currently looking to get together a vibrant team of Irish and non-EU nationals to take part in our intercultural project.

There is no cost. And no experience is necessary.

Do you have something to say?

Are you interested in interculturalism?

Would you like to work with a diverse team on a radio programme?

Then we want you!

  What is it?


The project is in two parts.


Part one is a 7 week FETAC level 4 course in Community Radio.


Part two will see the team work together on 13 radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue.

Download the Motivation Form if you’re interested in participating in the project.  Please return it by April 23rd to Grace (details below) if you are interested in applying to take part.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With Many Thanks,

Grace Wilentz
Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Coordinator
Near Media Co-op


About the project organisers: The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.

Building the Future | Friday 11th November

A unique, intensive careers event for students and graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties.

Hosted by Bank of Ireland on the 11th November, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

Registration is required and is available on Registration closes on the 4th November.

Dialogue on Inclusive Teaching and Assessment | Thursday 17th November

This event will be followed by the AHEAD Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Expert panelists include Dr. Marian McCarthy, Dr Geraldine O’Neill and Declan Treanor, Director of Disability Service, Trinity College Dublin.

Please note this event is only open to members.

Better Options | Wednesday 30th November

A unique one-day event for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty considering their college options in Ireland in 2012.

Better Options is on in the National College of Art & Design, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 from 10.30am until 2pm.

This event is FREE and all are welcome, including Students, Guidance Counsellors, Resource Teachers, Learning Support Tutors, SENO’s, NEPS & Parents.

For more information on these events, please visit   

Help us to promote these events! 

Download the flyer here and send to friends and colleagues: AHEAD Upcoming Events November 2011 Flyer or share this blog post with them!!!



Irish LLP: Erasmus National Agency in partnership with AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability)

Conference on Learning Mobility: Addressing the Challenges for Students and Staff with a disability


Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4




12 October 2011


  • Mobility has been defined by EU as a pillar action of Youth in the Move programme – how can we ensure its inclusivity using volunteering (buddies).
  • To explore mobility opportunities for students with a disability and the take up or lack thereof (a national and EU target in the area of social inclusion).
  • To identify what works for student with a disability who consider and also take up a mobility placement.


Desired outcomes       

  • To identify examples of good practice for encouraging mobility for student with disabilities
  • To capture the attitudes, expectations and experiences of students with disabilities, their buddies and professionals using the world cafe technique of discussion/interaction


Target Audience 

HEI Staff – international officers; placement officers; disability and access officers; college management personnel; students; public bodies; EU personnel; European Partners; Employers; parents, voluntary agencies in the field; cross-border contacts


Please complete the online form by 7 October 2011



14.00                          Registration

14.30                          Opening Remarks – Chairman/CE HEA

14.35                          EU Mobility Practice and Policy – EU Commission or NA speaker

14.50                          A student perspective – Jessica Gough, University of Limerick (TBC)

15.00                          Tina Lowe, Disability Access Officer, Access & Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin

15.15                          World Café – Facilitator, Chris Chapman

17.30                          Conclusion of Conference

All attendees/participants are invited by the Erasmus National Agency to the 4th Annual Erasmus Lecture to be delivered by Mary Davis, President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia which will take place at 18.30 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin.  The event will include a performance by the Cross Border Strings and will conclude with a  short reception.

Please indicate your response on the application form at the appropriate part.  As you can appreciate this information is essential for catering at the Lecture.

Depending on the numbers attending, bus transport will be provided from Bewley’s Hotel to the Hugh Lane Gallery.


 Do you have a disability or health issue?

     Are you ready for work?

EmployAbility Service is a free, confidential service, supported by FAS.

We provide a service to individuals with a disability / health issue / acquired injury / mental health difficulty, to gain and sustain paid mainstream employment.

The EmployAbility Jobseeking Fair 2011 is aimed at providing job seekers (both graduates and non-graduates) with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment.

Venue:        Wood Quay Venue. At rear of Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin 8

Date:          Thursday 22nd September 2011

Time:          10am – 2pm

Speakers and Information Stands Providing:

  • Practical advice on job seeking
  • Talks from employers giving information, CV advice and tips on looking and applying for jobs
  • Information from Social Welfare; FAS; Citizens Information; VolunteeringIrelandand the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed
  • An opportunity to meet with job coaches for one to one advice and information on accessing the service

Our goal is to work side by side with you to help you on your journey towards suitable employment.


To book a place at the seminars CV & Interview Preparation and  Social Welfare Entitlements & Return to Employment, please email or call 01 460 3081

Alternately, please feel free to drop by for general information & advice throughout the day 10am – 2pm.



Work Placement Opportunities for Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning difficulty seeking valuable work experience, the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme, which offers a six month, paid, mentored work placement, may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are currently being sought for the following roles available with IBM Ireland, based in Dublin.


  1. Software Development Engineer
  2. Software Test Engineer
  3. Software Technical Support Engineer

Candidates interested in making an application will need to complete a WAM Application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to AHEAD.

Application forms and further information are available from our website at


 The Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 19th August 2011.   

 Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work | WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme

Another week down and the weather is looking up for the weekend!

This weeks pick of the week is Tony Bates Column in the Irish Times, the first of a two part series on suicide:

We must give young people a reason to live

Other articles of interest:

UN claims State’s poor hardest hit by low taxes

UN human rights expert calls for higher taxes for those who can afford it

Cut of 250 language support teachers

Special Olympics chief to decide on Aras run in days

‘Talk therapy’ options replace medication

‘Little evidence’ anti-psychotics help treatment of challenging behaviour

School’s out for the home-educators

Disability hate crime could lead to more suicides like Fiona Pilkington

It’s time to re-imagine the ways we teach our children

Focus on the task, not yourself. . .

Religion class must be easy to opt out of, says report

College offer to jobless in skills drive

Education report: rights body backs diversity in schools

Top ten tips from the experts to make the most of pre-exam time

University entrance scholarships explained

O’Reilly calls for radical reform of education

Foreign language for college may be ended

Quinn warns on rising pupil numbers

MS Ireland and UL join forces to further research

Scheme aims to reskill 6,000 jobless

We’re no longer the best: Quinn

Call to expand rehabilitation services for crash survivors

Employers want recruits to hold 2:1 honours degrees

Taoiseach commits to radical education reforms

Quinn: Education standards slipped

Judge warns parents about pupils missing school

Administrator welcomes debate on religion in schools

Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!


Graduates with Disabilities/Specific Learning Differences

If you are a graduate with a disability/specific learning differences seeking valuable work experience the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are now being sought for 6 Work Placements available in ABBOTT IRELAND (based in Clonmel, Tipperary) in the following roles:

  • HR Assistant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Training Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineer (x2)
  • Manufacturing Technician


Work placements are paid, mentored and for six months. Job descriptions are available on request

Candidates interested in making an application will need to complete a WAM Application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to AHEAD.

Deadline date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 3rd June, 2011.

Application forms, job descriptions and further information are available from our website at:

Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work


     WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme

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