Staff Picks:

Inside third level

Teachers must come from all sections of society

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Minister snubs key education reform plan

Where science meets business

Farmers battle college grant plans

IT Sligo appointment to Higher Education Authority Board

Flying the Galway flag in the US

CIT strike off after last-minute talks

Pupils pit wits against language puzzles

News diary from 1916 in DCU media history collection

Shakespeare scholars to defend the Bard

Students look past recession towards hi-tech horizons

CAO points scramble strategy doesn’t add up

New science chief is all fired up

 

Disability Headlines

Harsh cuts loom for the intellectually disabled but there is a smart option

Where the horses are the healers

Blue is the colour for World Autism Awareness Day

Duffy and soccer stars to saddle up and raise funds for autism

‘Macbeth’ to come to life for audience with sensory impairments

Let us have new MS treatment, plead sufferers

‘Without him my life wouldn’t be the same’

Teenage autism crusader leaves powerful legacy

General Education Stories

Strong differences persist over school patronage

More than 200 teenagers take part in triathlon as part of school year

Four questioned over violent incident at Ennis school

Pick up skills in lifelong learning week

Surge in uptake of higher-level LC maths

Project Maths is not the answer to tough question

Music helps children learn maths

 

Mental Health in the Media

‘Walk In My Shoes’ mental health drive

Lynch to meet group to discuss anti-depressants

Stars step up to support mental health campaign

Can Goldie Hawn make Irish children happier?

Debate on antidepressants needed

Rugby star O’Driscoll urges men to open up

 

Employment Features

50 leading social innovators to participate at Change Nation event

WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme Briefing

Staff Picks:

Encounter on the Luas stops us in our tracks

Positions vacant – lacking talent

I’m jobless, so why am I excluded from JobBridge?

Wheelchairtaxi.ie

 

Higher & Further Education News & Views

Quarter of Fás trainees qualified at third level

Three Munster ITs want to unite as a large university

Student numbers in UK tumble 9%

Third level holds key to our recovery

A lecturer rejects the idea that his is a cushy job

University plan promises wider choice of courses

More than 750 places available on graduate ICT courses

IPA becomes recognised college of UCD

Quinn says online media as accountable as traditional media

College registration fees set to hit €3k, says Quinn

 

Disability Headlines

Top wheelchair basketball teams to use Northern Ireland event as London 2012 warm-up

They’re fighting for a real miracle…

Hiqa to assess Deep Brain Stimulation service

Cork twin (3) to be first Irish child with ‘bionic’ ear implant

 

General Education Stories

Quinn pledges to work with principals on saving schools

Quinn defends cuts to teacher numbers in smaller schools

Children’s grades get a boost from after-school activity

Quinn stresses role of parents in children’s development

Too many activities can damage school performance, says report

Denial of education to Roma child violates human rights

Art student doodles her way onto shortlist

School thrives after 60 years

Preparing for the Baccalaureate

Goodbye Mr – and Mrs – Chips

Up to 3,000 for protest over cuts which threaten future of rural schools

Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils

New teaching entrants to earn 30% less than their colleagues

Protests and insults over school cuts

Parents in protest over ‘culture of fear’ at school

Teaching while the supports fall away

Teacher staffing changes to hit small schools

‘All the staff give an awful lot, nobody minds doing a bit extra’

Education gains ‘can be kept with small pay cuts’

FF condemn Quinn’s ‘sneaky approach’ to cuts

Minister still wants DEIS ‘economies’

Review of smaller schools due in months

Female principal for Rockwell College

Ministerial review won’t help 33 schools set to lose teachers

 

Mental Health in the Media

Keyes’s novel way of tackling depression.

‘Lives lost’ as mental health funds suffer cuts

Mentally ill prisoner found lying on floor of locked room

Prisons lack mental health expertise

Study finds suicide prevention strategies work

Mental health fund could get ‘hived off’ for other sectors

 

Employment Features

Job scheme helps 605 people back to work

New guide to help employers handle impact of suicide

Free tech courses set to meet job demand

Jobs centre pleads with unions for help after Fás fund cuts

Employer seeks Sudoku fans

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.

 

 

 

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 http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

 

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

 Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

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

Applications are currently being sought for new work placement opportunities for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties with Covidien & Abbott Ireland.

 

Covidien

Applications are currently being sought for a new work placement opportunity for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties in a Customer Service Representative Role with Covidien, based in Dublin.

Applicants must have a minimum of a Leaving Certificate or its equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Fluency in another European language is preferred but not essential.

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.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 1st August 2011.

Abbott Ireland

Applications are currently being sought for a new work placement opportunity for graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties in the following roles with Abbott Ireland, Clonmel, Tipperary:

  1. 1.    Manufacturing Engineer
  2. 2.    Training Specialist

Applicants must have a minimum of a FETAC Level 6 or its equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications. Fluency in another European language is preferred but not essential.

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.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 1st August 2011.

Job descriptions and application forms for all position are available here: http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

For further information on the placements available you can contact the WAM programme directly by emailing wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

To request this information in an alternative format please contact WAM directly.

Many of you will remember an open letter on this blog from our Director, Ann Heelan with regard the recent Springboard Initiative and its exclusion of people in receipt of Disability Allowance. As a result of the lobbying done by AHEAD, change happened – as documented here.

However, joined up thinking is certainly not an approach which seems to be enjoyed by the current crop as similar issues have arisen with the new Jobbridge scheme.

On the 25th June 2011, our Director wrote to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton on the issue. Extracts from the letter are posted below for your information. We would encourage everyone who disagrees with this exclusion to write to the Minister to outline the problems with Jobbridge.

The wonderful and always articulate Maman Poulet has also posted an interesting analysis entitled “Jobs Initiative – will it work and how it’s unattainable for some” and more recently a query around the general idealogy of the Jobbridge scheme: Jobbridge and free Labour

 

“The new Jobbridge scheme looks brilliant and should prove an excellent initiative to engage unemployed people with the workplace and benefit employers.

But, unfortunately this innovative scheme appears to be closed to unemployed people on disability allowance.  There seems to be an assumption underpinning the scheme that people on disability allowance are not fit to work 30 hours per week and could not be job seekers.  Yet this assumption is simply not true.  People with disability are on DA for historic reasons and many can work, want to work, are frustrated with the jobs market and lack of opportunity.  In fact the scheme itself entitles people on DA to engage with education, training and employment opportunities.

The commission report on the status of people with disabilities recognised ten years ago that people with disabilities are significantly under-represented in the workplace and that unemployment has a disproportionate effect on them compared to others in the population.  This situation has not changed since and in the recession education, employment and training are even more important routes for people with disabilities to achieve economic and social independence. The commission report identifies mainstream inclusion as a human right and the preferred option of people with disabilities.  “many people with disabilities feel they are pushed to the margins of society[1] 

Minister, as you know, there are over 6,800 students with verified disabilities in higher education, more again in Further Education and all have expectations of careers, but are affected by the recession and current lack of opportunities.  These people need the same breaks as anyone else and Jobbridge is an excellent initiative for all unemployed people to re-engage actively with the workplace.

AHEAD knows the benefit of internships and have operated the Willing Able Mentoring Internship Scheme (FAS Funded) for 6 years for graduates with disabilities.  Even in a booming economy people with disabilities go the end of the jobs queue and experience additional barriers to employment related to their disability.  The WAM scheme, similar to the Jobbridge recognises the value of work experience as an instrument to break down the barriers and encourage employers to see the talent and ability of people with disability.  It provides fully paid internships of 6-9 months duration for graduates with disabilities immediately changing their status from recipients of disability allowance to tax payers.  The benefits are considerable to the individual, in terms of skills acquisition, to employers who benefit by building capacity to be inclusive and to the government who have graduates switching from DA to becoming taxpayers.  This month alone we know of three graduates with disabilities whose internships have led to employment.

Unfortunately people on disability allowance are not eligible for Jobbridge.  This decision to exclude them from these opportunities is surprising as it would appear to be disconnected from government policy to include people with disabilities in mainstream training and employment opportunities.  Furthermore the Department responsible for employment has through its Disability Sectoral Plan, worked to raise awareness of disability in the workplace and has supported initiatives designed to build the capacity of employers, schemes such as the 02 awards, WAM and others. Most people with disabilities are on disability allowance, in spite of their work history, and so far have had access to mainstream initiatives such as the BTEA scheme and other employment opportunities.

A recent UN report of independent experts on the compliance of Ireland with international human rights states clearly that human rights are not dispensable in times of economic hardship.  Ireland is obliged to ensure human rights equally without discrimination of any kind and should avoid retrogressive measures.  Furthermore it stresses that “the state recall its obligations of non –discrimination and equality in activation policies”[2].

As a country we cannot use our financial difficulties as a reason to disregard our human rights obligations.

We are most concerned that new opportunities are closed to people on disability allowance.  Furthermore it is giving a negative message to employers that their equality obligations are dispensable and that it is OK to exclude people with disabilities.

Employers want the best and many people with disabilities have the qualifications, attitudes and abilities sought by employers, WAM has proved it.  We would ask you to review the eligibility criteria for entry to JobBridge as it will bring greater benefits to employers engaged by raising inclusion issues and it will benefit the whole community of jobseekers.”


[1] A strategy for equality Report of the Commission on the Status of people with disabilities

[2] Un Human Rights Council, Report of the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty May 2011

 

 


Work Placement Opportunities – Now Available!

For

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:

http://www.ahead.ie/employment_wamprogramme_currentopportunities.php

Alternatively you can contact WAM directly by email: wam@ahead.ie or Tel. 01-2789325.

Working to include, including for work

 

     WAM is a FÁS Funded Programme