Congratulations to the third group of trainees from the Oireachtas Work Learning (OWL) programme, who graduated on the 5th of July at an awards ceremony in Leinster House. We were delighted to be in attendance.

The Oireachtas Work Learning (OWL) Programme is an applied learning, development and socialisation programme specifically tailored towards young adults with an intellectual disability.

Here at we are honoured to be working in partnership with the OWL programme to aid in providing equal opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities, to help them engage in the workforce and to provide a work environment conducive to ongoing learning and development opportunities.

The outcome of the programme is to support OWL graduates to find meaningful and viable part-time permanent employment in the wider Civil and Public Service through the OWL Graduate Programme. 60% of programme graduates from the first two programmes are employed across seven Government departments and offices, 20% are employed in the private sector while 20% are engaged in further education and training.

During their time on the programme, the ten current trainees (now graduates) were placed across different offices in Leinster House and in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media where they gained valuable work experience in multiple areas.

The purpose of the OWL programme is to assist 10 trainees annually to become work ready through a “hands on” learning and development programme. As this is a work learning programme, a multi-faceted approach to the learning process for the trainee is taken.

Upon completion of the learning programme, the trainees attend a graduation event to recognise their achievement and learning journeys.


Representatives from at the OWL Programme graduation ceremony


OWL graduates at the OWL Programme graduation ceremony