FEATURES: A Donegal business has been nominated for ensuring that people with disabilities are given the same employment opportunities as everyone else.
Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top, one of the busiest and most popular convenience stores in the North-West, have been recognized for their dedication to social inclusion by being nominated for the Zero Project.
The Zero Project are a International worldwide project promoting best practice in all aspects of life for people with disabilities with a big emphasis on social inclusion.
This year they are focusing their award on employment and innovative practices in the employment and training for work of people with disabilities.
Kellys Centra have been nominated for these awards by a local community organization in recognition of the continuing efforts of the Kelly’s complex to ensure that people with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as everyone else.
This can be confirmed by the fact that people with disabilities make up over 10% of their total employment.
Given that the Government’s target of employment of people with disabilities within the public service sector is only 3% – this shows Kelly’s on-going commitment to considering people with disabilities as potential and capable staff.
The Government wants to double the percentage of people with disabilities working in the public sector.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the Government’s employment strategy for people with disabilities at Farmleigh in Dublin.
The public service employment target of people with disabilities is to be increased on a phased basis from three to six per cent.
Special public service competitions for people with disabilities will be arranged and alternative recruitment channels will be opened up for people with disabilities.
Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State with responsibility for disability policy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also attended the event.