INTREO and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment provide employment related supports to facilitate people with disabilities or health issues in gaining or maintaining employment in the private sector:
List of grants available
Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
WSS offers financial support to employers who employ someone with a disability who works more than 20 hours a week. This scheme is structured under 3 separate strands and a wage subsidy payment is given based on the number of disabled people the company employs and the disabled employees productivity level. A person on the Wage Subsidy Scheme is subject to the same conditions of employment as other employees and the employer receives financial compensation for the lower than average productivity level of the person.
Workplace Equipment / Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
If a job offer is dependant on a more accessible workplace or adapted equipment, an employer or employer may be able to get a grant from FAS (currently up to €6,350) towards the cost of adapting premises or equipment.
Employee Retention Grant Scheme (ERGS)
This scheme enables employers to retain the services of an employee who acquires a disability that impacts on their ability to continue to do their job.
Through the ERGS, an employee may be offered re-training so that they can undertake alternate duties, or modified techniques may be devised to enable them to continue doing the same job.
Back To Work Enterprise Allowance
The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme encourages unemployed people to take up self employment. People participating in this Back To Work Enterprise Scheme retain a percentage of their social welfare payment along with “secondary benefits” for a period of up to three years. The scheme lasts for 3 years a percentage of some social welfare payments being retained during this time. More information click here