Employers are you looking for an ASSET for your business?

We are seeking support from employers in the Galway area to provide a 10-week work placement opportunity in some of the following areas; computer science, heritage, elderly & child care, data entry, theatre/acting, cleaning, and software engineering for these 7 participants.

If your company is looking to develop inclusive recruitment practices and you are  interested in supporting our ASSET participants, please contact Pauline or Susan  at EmployAbility Galway  

091 755 235 |  pauline@employabilitygalway.ie | susan@employabilitygalway.ie


Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Asperger Syndrome (ASD/AS) are an ASSET to your Company! 

EmployAbility Galway were recently contacted by Dr’s. Keeley White and Geraldine Leader from the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) at NUI Galway. They were interested in partnering with us regarding their current work on the Assistive Social Skills and Employment Training (ASSET) program, which has been supported by funding from the charity RESPECT and the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions).  Their goal is to support adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder / Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD/AS) (with no intellectual disability) by evaluating the Assistive Social Skills and Employment Training (ASSET) program, 

Through the ASSET program, participants will learn to develop their soft skills, or work-related social skills and social self-confidence by attending weekly trainings and participating on a 10-week work placement. The ASSET program has been successful in the U.S. as Dr. Connie Sung and her research team at Michigan State University reported improvements in social skills, social self-confidence, daily living skills, and self-reported levels of anxiety.

We have agreed to partner with Keeley and Geraldine regarding the ASSET programme on behalf of 7 of our current clients who meet the programme criteria.  We are currently job searching for these clients and are looking for employment opportunities in Galway on their behalf.  We are seeking support from employers in the Galway area to provide a 10-week work placement opportunity in some of the following areas; computer science, heritage, elderly & child care, data entry, theatre/acting, cleaning, and software engineering for these 7 participants.

If your company is looking to develop inclusive recruitment practices and you are  interested in supporting our ASSET participants, please contact Pauline or Susan  at EmployAbility Galway  

091 755 235 |  pauline@employabilitygalway.ie | susan@employabilitygalway.ie


We would like to note that EmployAbility Galway cannot support any further participants on this programme, but please contact Dr. White at Keeley.white@nuigalway.ie for more information about the programme.  

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017


Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

Work is ongoing regarding the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, which could potentially be in place later this year. The Act, when commenced, will impact on all employers in the following ways

Terms of Employment

If the Bill is enacted employers will be obliged, within five days of an employee commencing employment, to provide a written statement to the employee outlining the five key terms of employment which are

  • The full names of the employer and employee;
  • The address of the employer;
  • The expected duration or expiry date of their employment;
  • The method of calculating pay; and
  • The number of hours they are reasonably expected to work per day and per week.

Prohibition of Zero Hours Contract

The Bill proposes to prohibit the use of zero hour contracts (which have become more prevalent in recent years) by prohibiting employers from stating in an employee’s contract that the number of hours for which an employee must make themselves available for work is zero hours.

 Banded hours of work

The Bill also proposes to introduce the concept of “banded hours”. In other words, if the hours which an employee is working do not reflect the hours of work stated in the employee’s contract, the employee can request that the employer play them in a category of “banded hours” as set out in the Bill. If the employer agrees to the employee’s request then the employee shall work hours the average of which will fall within the “banded hours” for a period of not less than 18 months.

If you would like to find out more about the Bill further information is available on Oireachtas website and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website

Are you a Galway Employer? Will you help us to change the findings of the ESRI Study?

Poverty Dynamics of Social Risk Groups in the EU

Bertrand Maître, Dorothy Watson, Regina Doherty, TD, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Raffaele Grotti attend a conference held to launch new poverty research on 31 January 2018.


"Poverty dynamics of social risk groups in the EU: an analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2005 to 2014 was released yesterday 31 January 2018 by the ESRI.

This research examines the level of material deprivation experienced by vulnerable adults in Ireland and ten other EU countries.

"Specific interventions needed to support lone parents and adults with a disability

A new study found there is a significant gap in the rate of persistent deprivation experienced by vulnerable adults, including lone parents and adults with a disability, and the rate experienced by other adults. Out of 11 EU countries, Ireland’s gap was the largest and increased the most during the study’s time frame of 2004-2015.
 Policy implications
Lone parents and adults with a disability face barriers when trying to access the labour market. Measures to address this could include access to affordable childcare, flexible work arrangements, protection of secondary benefits (e.g. medical cards), and support in seeking employment, training and work experience."

Source:  https://www.esri.ie/ 

We work with many employers  to recruit people with disabilites, but we need more employers to engage with us and look at the benefits that flexible work arrangements can provide for them as well as for their employees.  

If you would like to take the first step in helping us change the findings of this report and employ a person with a disability you can call Pauline at 086 3800444 or email me at pauline@employabilitygalway.ie

You can read the ESRI Press Release or the full Publication here


Christmas and New Year office opening hours


All the team at EmployAbility Galway  would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us throughout 2017.  We really appreciate the support you have given us and look forward to working with you again next year.

Our offices will close at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a 

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise | Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thank You to event Sponsors Collins McNicholas

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We would like to say a big THANK YOU to our event sponsors Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group who made our event Teams the Foundation of Business Success possible. We could not have run this event without their sponsorship, or support.

We would like to share some of the feedback which was really positive.  The main feedback we got was that people really enjoyed the different perspective of the speakers while addressing the topic of Teams.  There were also a lot of people asking if we intended to run another event soon! Some of the feedback from the night was as follows.

Well done on a great event!
It was brilliantl!!
The speakers were brilliant and not something I would usually get to attend so it was a great insight. Well run event
I really enjoyed it! I think that Seònaid stole the show
Thank you so much for the invitation to the micro summit tonight if you have any more talks, summits, presentations please do let me know

National Minimum Wage Changes 2018


With effect from 1st January 2018, the new national minimum wage rates will apply:

  • An experienced adult worker: €9.55 per hour
  • Over 19 and less than 2 years since their first job: €8.60 per hour.
  • Over 18 and less than 1 year since they began their first job: €7.64 per hour.
  • Aged under 18: €6.69 per hour

 *For the purposes on the National Minimum Wage Act an experienced adult worker is an employee who is not:

  • under the age of 18 years, or
  • in the first two years after the date of first employment over age 18, or
  • a trainee undergoing a course that satisfies specific conditions.

Post event Thank you

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the following people for their help in making our event "Teams - The Foundation of Business Success" possible.  The event took place in the Portershed on 22 November 2017 and we were delighted to have a full house on the night and really positive feedback post event

Special Thanks To

Event sponsors: Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group, thanks to Michelle and the team for sponsoring our event

Speakers: Michael Fitzgerald, Professor Robert Rosenberg, and Seónaid Ó Murchadha 

MC:  Paul Keane 

Venue:  Portershed

Best Neighbours:  Mark Quick, Finn and James at 9th Impact

Thanks to

Mark, Finn and James at 9th Impact | Mary and Darragh at the Portershed | Niamh, Anne Marie and Cathy at Galway Technology Centre | Eamonn and the lads at Moose | An Púcán | McCambridges | Maeve and Elaine at Galway Chamber | Micheal and Annette at SCCUL | Rory and the Team at the Clayton |  Keith and Katie at Galway Bay FM's Keith Finnegan Show | Department of Social Employment Affairs and Social Protection | Gaillimh le Gaeilge | Boyd Challenger | Everyone who attended | Everyone who shared the details of our event on social media

Foirne - Búnús an Ghnó Rathúil

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Tá áthas ar EmployAbility Galway agus ar urraitheoirí na hócáide Collins McNicholas Recruitment agus HR Services cuireadh a thabhairt duit chuig

Mionchruinniú Mullaigh Inspioráideach

“Foirne – Bunús an Ghnó Rathúil”.

Cuirfear tús leis an ócáid le fáiltiú, mionbhia agus deochanna ar 17.00, 22 Samhain 2017 sa Portershed, An Fhaiche Mhór, Gaillimh.

Tabharfaidh na haoichainteoirí, Michael FitzGerald, Príomhfheidhmeannach OnePageCRM, An tOllamh Robert Rosenberg, Ollscoil Chicago, agus Seónaid Ó Murchadha, Bean Ghnó Chumasach agus Bainisteoir Acmhainní Daonna agus Míchumais le Employer Disability Information léargas ar an gcaoi a n-éiríonn agus a dteipeann ar fhoirne, an chaoi ar éirigh le foireann de 20 duine cáil idirnáisiúnta sa ghnó a bhaint amach dóibh féin agus an bealach le húsáid a bhaint as na dúshláin saoil mar na hacmhainní is fearr a d’fhéadfá a roinnt le d’fhoireann.