Oireachtas Work and Learn Programme (OWL)

Oireachtas Work and Learn Programme (OWL)

17 October 2018

Officially Launched 25th September 2018

WALK participants have commenced the Oireachtas Work and Learn Programme

The Oireachtas Work and Learn (OWL) Programme offers a unique 11 month internship programme for adults with intellectual disabilities, which gives them the opportunity to gain practical work experience and be accredited for their learning. The programme is a four way partnership between the Houses of the Oireachtas, WALK, KARE and the Adult Education Service of City of Dublin Education and Training Board.

During their time in the Oireachtas interns will complete three 12 week work rotations in different work areas across the Oireachtas. This ensures a rich learning experience where interns can expand their employability skill set, grow in confidence and gain a clearer vision of what they would like their future careers to look like. The ultimate aim of this programme is to support interns to access paid careers in the open labour market. The programme was officially launched in the Houses of the Oireachtas on the 25th of September by the Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail, and it is the first programme of its kind to be undertaken by any parliament in the world.

“For some of the interns, this is their first taste of what work is like,” said WALK Director of Services Catherine Kelly, later adding that she expected each trainee to, “grow in confidence, develop relationships and networks, and contribute as an equal citizen,” throughout the programme.

This programme was developed following on from the huge success of the WALKways Tallaght University Hospital that started in 2017.

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