Shine Launches Preparing for the Workplace Programme

Shine Ireland in association with Aspect and BNY Mellon are pleased to announce the launch of the “Preparing for the Workplace” programme for students in third level institutions on the ASD Spectrum. The programme is designed to assist these  students  in accessing the employment market after graduation. The programme is a step by step guide to help students in preparing for an interview, participating in the interview process to give them the best opportunity to secure a position thereafter. The programme was funded by BNY Mellon who have an operation in the Cork Airport Business Park.

The programme was devised as a result of a consultation process and series of focus group sessions involving current students with ASD in Third Level Institutions. Laura Crowley from Shine Ireland with the invaluable assistance of Carol Sheehan and Yvonne Scriven from the Aspect Service (Cork Association for Autism) designed this structured programme for the students. The Preparing for the Workplace programme manuals will be distributed to all 22 Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland in the coming days.

Heather Crowley Kerr Managing Director of BNY Mellon (Cork) said: ” BNY Mellon were delighted to be involved in the programme in partnership with Shine Ireland as it fully reflects BNY Mellon’s commitment to supporting social innovation to affect positive change in the communities where their employees live and work. This programme will deliver real opportunities to a group of people with many talents and abilities and allow them to make a real and valuable contribution to their local economies and communities”.

Laura Crowley of Shine Ireland said: At Shine Ireland, we always pride ourselves with being innovative and proactive. Our motto of “Brighten the Future” is at the core of our day to day operations, as well as our planning and development of projects and future services. We see the Preparing for the Workplace Programme as fulfilling this motto and brightening the future for individuals far beyond Shine Ireland’s reach”

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