A PEP in the step

A FREE job-seeking service has been launched to help Laois people with disabilities to find jobs and advance their careers.

The Personal Employment Pathway (PEP), run by the National Learning Network in Portlaoise, will offer jobseekers free assessment, career guidance and a job-seeking service.

It was launched recently in the NLN offices on the Dublin Road, where the programme is being run. An outreach service is available for those not able to attend the office.

Participants must be aged between 16 and 65, living in Laois and in receipt of a disability benefit payment such as the disability allowance, invalidity or blind pension, injury or illness benefit or incapacity supplement. Social welfare payments will not be affected.

The comprehensive service will include a one-to-one assessment, career planning, job-seeking skills, and training and education supports.

“We will identify each client’s strengths, weaknesses and skill gaps before drawing up a tailored education and training plan. We focus on a person-centred approach and we put a strong emphasis on identifying and finding solutions to any personal barriers and challenges that are preventing the person from returning to employment.” said Adrian Stewart, NLN Regional Manager.

The programme is part of the Dept of Social Protection’s Disability Activation Project, joint funded by the European Social Fund, and managed by Pobal.

For more information contact Jim Nelson on 086 1708823 or 057 8621263, or see www.nln.ie/pep.


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