State Support

Provided on this page is a listing of supports provided by the State that can be relevant to people with anxiety and depression in managing their careers. 

Local Employment Services (LES) and EmployAbility Service
Both of these nationwide services provide really useful help in employment support for people with a disability or who are otherwise marginalised. They find you a job and settle you into in.

Employment Schemes
A number of initiatives exist involving part-time community focused work including the Community Employment Scheme, Community Services Programme and Rural Social Scheme.

Start Your Own Business Support
Support for people on disability is available through Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.

Work While Continuing to Receive Disability Payments
If you are in receipt of certain disability payments, you may be allowed to do some work that is rehabilitative or therapeutic - with permission from the Department of Social Protection.

WAM Graduate Programme
The WAM Programme offers graduates with disabilities the chance to undertake a six month paid mentored work placements with high profile Irish employers such as the Civil Service, Dell, ESB, Abbott Ireland, etc.

Employee Retention Grant Scheme
This is not something an employee gets but - if you acquire a disability - a grant is available for your employer to help identify supports or re-training you may need. There are two stages with a max of €2,500 available at the first stage and up to €12,500 at the second.

Wage Subsidy Scheme
This is another scheme that provides financial incentives to private sector employers to employ people with disabilities who work between 21 and 39 hours per week.

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