Grealish welcomes new agreement to help people with disabilities into the workforce

A new agreement between Microsoft and Workability International, which will help more people with disabilities enter the workforce, has been welcomed by Galway West TD Noel Grealish.

The Worldwide Education Alliance Agreement was signed in Brussels this week. The signing was attended by Dep Grealish and will allow Workability International and Microsoft to develop new education opportunities for people with disabilities.

Workability represents 3.4 million people with disabilities. One of the benefits will see the Workability members gaining further access to the Microsoft IT Academy Programme which in the future will provide additional enhanced, inclusive, and specially adapted training programmes for the disabled workforce. It will be officially launched in Belfast and Dublin in 2012.

“The pilot scheme for one such project is being managed and implemented by USEL in Northern Ireland, and with the aid of Galway company, Netlink, it will be distributed worldwide,” said Dep Grealish.

“The fact that Workability International and Microsoft are global organisations, the collaborative support, and involvement in this project will give much greater recognition and awareness of the project,” he added, “and will make it easier for those who gain certification to find employment. I look forward to seeing this project brought to Galway at some stage in the future.”

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