Information for Employers

Information for employers on employing people with disabilities, making your workplace accessible for employees and customers with disabilities, and funding and schemes available to support you to achieve best practice.

COVID-19 information COVID-19 information for employers and employees

Information for employees and self-employed, information for employers, apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absence, and Social Welfare COVID-19 contacts.

Enterprise Ireland Sustaining Enterprise Fund to sustain companies with 10 or more full-time employees who have been impacted by a 15% or greater reduction in actual or projected  turnover or profit, and/or have a significant increase in costs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Wicklow County Council COVID-19 Re-start Grant for Small Wicklow Businesses: micros and small businesses can apply for grants of between €2,000 and €10,000 to get their businesses up-and-running again.


Useful Information

Irish Association of Supported Employment

Free services to employers to help you with your recruitment needs and to develop more inclusive recruitment and workplace practices. Job coach service and support with disability awareness and training.


Disability Awareness Support Scheme

Funding for private sector employers to buy in Disability Awareness Training for staff who work with a colleague who has a disability.


Wage Subsidy Scheme

Financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with a disability.


Reasonable Accommodation Fund

DEASP grants and schemes to help employers take measures to enable a person with a disability to have access to employment:  Workplace Equipment/Adaptation Grant; Personal Reader Grant; Job Interview Interpreter Grant; Employee Retention Grant.



Information & advice for employers on employing people with disabilities; employer training; tips for inclusive recruitment; Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) work placement programme which promotes access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and builds the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.


National Disability Authority Accessibility Toolkit

Toolkit to help you make your services, buildings, information, and websites more accessible to customers with disabilities.


National Disability Authority IT Procurement Toolkit

Toolkit to help you ensure your IT systems and websites are designed with accessibility in mind.


Open Doors Initiative

There is a 70% unemployment rate among people with a disability. The Open Doors Initiative aims to provide opportunities to people with a disability; refugees, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers; and young people aged under 25 with educational barriers.

The initiative was set up in September 2018 by 14 Irish employers, who came together with a plan to address these issues and support people from these three groups in Irish society into employment. They are seeking other employers to join them in this effort.


myAccessHub website

Provides eLearning to help employers build an inclusive workplace for employees who have Autism and other Neurodiversities.


Local contacts

EmployAbility Wicklow

The Mill Building, The Maltings, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 211 6474

Employment support service for people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability and a valuable recruitment advice service for the business community, including information on grants and supports available for employers, professional job matching, and ongoing support.


Cairdeas Clubhouse

Unit H, Solus Tower Industrial Estate, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 282 7951/7952  Email:

Transitional Employment placements of up to 15 hours a week for members with local employers, where Cairdeas guarantees to cover the job.


National Learning Network Bray

Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 282 9643  Email:

Employer based training programme provides vocational training where students learn the skills they need to get and keep a job – including classroom training and employer-based training placements to get real life training and experience in a job. They work with local employers and international companies throughout Wicklow and Dublin.


Bray Area Partnership Local Employment Service

86 Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Tel: (01) 276 5592  Email:

Employers can include their job vacancies in the weekly Job Alert, listing current job vacancies in Bray and surrounding areas.

Information for Employers News

Inclusive Recruitment Seminar flyer

Inclusive Recruitment Disability Awareness Training

May 11, 2021Free online seminar from 2-3pm on 31st May 2021. Join Employers for Change for a Disability Awareness seminar on Inclusive Recruitment, facilitated by Stephen Kelly, Managing Director of Ability Focus.…... Read More
Employers for Change launch invite

Launch of Employers for Change

March 3, 2021Employers for Change employer disability information service invite you to join them on Thursday 11th March at 11am for their launch event. Employers for Change is a new employer disability…... Read More
Autism Awareness Webinar poster

Autism Awareness Webinar

February 11, 2021The WAM programme at AHEAD is running a free Autism Awareness training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers.  When: Wednesday 3rd March from 11.30am – 1.00pm The WAM…... Read More
Temporate Disabilities webinar poster

Webinar: supporting employees with temporary disabilities

January 27, 2021Free AHEAD webinar: Temporary Disabilities and How to Support Employees.  When: Wednesday 3rd February from 11.30pm – 1.00pm When we think of disability, we often think of a permanent condition or…... Read More
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WAM Employers Information Webinar

July 7, 2020The WAM programme at AHEAD is running an information session for employers who are interested in finding out more about the programme.  When: Tuesday 14th July from 12pm – 1pm. The WAM…... Read More
AHEAD webinar poster

Free webinar: Future of the workplace post-COVID

May 20, 2020AHEAD is running a free webinar The Future of the Workplace post COVID-19 and the Implications for People with Disabilities on 10th June 2020 from 11.30am-1pm.  The times we are…... Read More