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 AHEAD Student services

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.

Check out how AHEAD help students.

 The WAM Programme

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) is a work placement programme which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.

Participating employers (WAM Leaders) collaborate with WAM to offer mentored, paid work placements for graduates with disabilities.  This partnership brings graduates with disabilities and WAM’s network of employers together so that both can benefit from each other - ensuring genuine learning opportunities for all.

Check out how the WAM Programme can help you

 National Learning Network

National Learning Network (NLN) can help you overcome obstacles and move forward with your career and your life. They provide a wide range of vocational training and education programmes, funded by SOLAS, as well as rehabilitative training, funded by the HSE.

Check out how the National Learning Network can help you.


The nationwide EmployAbility Service provides an employment support service for people with a disability. They also provide a recruitment advice service for the business community.

Your local EmployAbility service will:

  • Provide you with employment assistance and access to a pool of potential employees with varying levels of skills, abilities and training;
  • Provide ongoing support for both the employer and employee throughout employment;
  • Provide a professional job matching service to help ensure successful recruitment;
  • Provide advice and information on additional employment supports.

More Information

  1. Check out how EmployAbility can help you 
  2. See here for a list of people to contact in your area about this scheme.

For more information and application forms visit individual grant pages. We are always looking to capture feedback from employers who have used these grants and supports, if you are an employer and wish to contact us about this, please do at

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