Ability Programme



“Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.”


The Ability Programme aims to support young people with disabilities (15-29 years of age) to improve their employability through a range of person-centered supports. It is proposed that participants on the Ability programme will be supported with tailored training and career guidance support.

Training will include the development of soft skills, confidence, communication, self-awareness, life-skills/personal development. A focus will be placed on work preparation training for young people with disabilities including job search strategies. Existing linkages on the ground with local employers will be utilised to facilitate supported work sampling, work experience placements, work shadowing, volunteer placements and place and train schemes.

For the purpose of the Ability programme, people with disabilities refers to people with physical or sensory disabilities, mental health conditions, acquired disabilities, intellectual disabilities, hidden disabilities and people on the autistic spectrum. In order to qualify for support, Ability participants must also be:

  • in receipt of disability allowance or invalidity pension; or
  • in receipt of illness benefit for more than three months; or
  • other referrals may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Please note referrals from GPs and mainstream schools are not eligible. Participation is free and does not effect your social welfare payment. 

IRD Duhallow is currently recruiting for Year 3 of the programme which is due to begin in September 2020. For further information or to express your interest in the programme please contact Jacinta or Triona on 029-60633.