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Greetings,

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

01-848-5211
www.near.ie

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.

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Introduction:

Andrew Blair is the Human Resources Manager with Bank of Ireland & a Director of AHEAD. He’s been working in recruitment for 25years. This is his speech from the WAM Leaders Event which took place in Dail Eireann on Wednesday 22nd February 2012.

Introduction to working with disability

I worked in Bank of Ireland Securities Services (BoISS) a satellite company of BoI which employed 450 people at one point (it has since been sold to Northern Trust).

A customer of BoISS approached me to ask for placements for students from Mary Hare School for Deaf. It was only at that point that I realised I had no real knowledge/education on the topic of disability. I also realised that in fact we had no-one with a disability in the organisation. Not only that, no-one ever remembered anyone with a disability applying.

At that time I also met WAM and attended a workshop. I realised that we were potentially missing out on up to 10% of society by (unconsciously) not including people with disabilities. This was at that time (very different to today) when we had high growth; high staff turnover; recruitment plans took us abroad; and cost us a great deal of money and yet we were potentially ignoring potential recruits.

So like all the employers here today we agreed to take people in on placements and our learning really started.

So what did we learn?

  1. There are very real barriers to entry for people with disabilities both conscious & unconscious:
  • Fear/anxieties about legal problems
  • Some recruiters had real issues/unconfident/inexperienced
  • Prejudice may well have existed – easy to find reasons not to support
  • Recruiters; managers; HR staff are powerful gatekeepers and can determine the nature of your organisation through their own assumptions
  1. We realised that for a placement to be successful we (our approach/attitude/knowledge base) had to change and we had to prepare the way:
  • Held education sessions – needed to open minds get issues on the table/Discussed diversity not disability/discussed how will we handle employees (one of us) acquiring a disability?
  • I asked the question “how would you like to be treated if you were disabled in some way”; followed up by “what type of organisation do we want to create and belong to”?  This was the creation of empathy (not sympathy) and was key to persuading manager’s as to the need to get diversity on the agenda and keep it there as a “normal” business practice
  • All students were placed with “positive gatekeepers” who helped prepare their team – mentor was assigned to a key influencer
  • Talked openly about accommodations with the students (and most importantly what not to do!), quite often no accommodations were required.

Benefits to the organisation:

  • Overall attitude shift with regard to diversity in general – eg more part time workers accepted; openness in understanding issues
  • Our core business work had no impossible barrier that could not be reasonably overcome – we were computerised; non manual
  • Education gap on legal issues was addressed with particular regard to holding interviews/creating accessibility
  • Most important though (almost out of nowhere) we starting receiving applications from other people with disabilities!

WAM future

Each of the employers here today is being recognised for being a positive gatekeeper and I applaud each of you for your initiative and professionalism.

Business is about making things happen and that is what WAM does.

For all people trying to get a job in today’s environment no one needs me to state how competitive and tricky it has become.  For those with a disability the barrier to entry is even higher

Therefore it is even more important that all gatekeepers keep diversity on the agenda; and keep providing those opportunities for those that need this valuable start in organisational life

As a Director of AHEAD I wish to thank each of you and as a fellow employer I urge you to keep the faith and continue the good work

Thank you for listening

AB Feb 2012

 

More information available here: http://www.ahead.ie/aheadannualconference2012

Work Placement Opportunities

 

Now available 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 Programme, which offers a six month, paid, mentored work placement may be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Applications are now being sought for a wide variety of positions across the Civil Service.  

Please see the application form for a full list of roles available. The application form and further information are available from our website at www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

Candidates interested in applying will need to complete a WAM application form and return it along with an up-to-date CV to wam@ahead.ie.

For queries, please contact WAM directly by email at wam@ahead.ie or by telephone on 01 278 9325.

The Closing Date for Applications is 5pm, Friday 24th February 2012  

working to include, including for work

The AHEAD WAM Programme 2012

 

Are you interested in a paid, mentored work placement?

Are you a final year student or graduate with a disability?

Then register today for the AHEAD WAM Programme.

To register, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/WAM2012 & provide the required information;
  2. You will then receive notifications of WAM work placement opportunities, as they arise, via email.

 

 

 

 

Registration is required and is available on ahead.ie. Registration closes on the 4thNovember.

 

 

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 ahead.ie. 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 ahead.ie/events   

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!!!

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