Workstart West Cork (trading as EmployAbility Service West Cork) was set up in 2001. Since 2007 the company has registered Charitable status with the revenue commissioners and is a registered charity. The Company is managed by a Voluntary Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are made up of members of the wider community from throughout West Cork and are Gearoid O'Driscoll(Chair), Patrick Murphy, Gordon Teasdale, Dominic Cronin, Jill St. James-Hodnett, Maria O’Donovan.
EmployAbility Service West Cork is one of 23 Supported Employment organisations in operation throughout the country. We provide an employment service, providing local employers with quality staff while also supporting people into employment who are recovering from an illness, injury or any other type of disability. We are proven experts in providing employment supports to a diverse range of people with a wide range of backgrounds from entry level to management, part time or full time, permanent or relief staff, from early school leavers, leaving certificate to PhDs who wish to gain meaningful employment.
The Company is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
EmployAbility Service West Cork Board and staff continually strive to build awareness of our service outlining the benefits of supporting people with a disability into employment to employers, community organisations, schools and many other forums throughout West Cork.
The company currently has 5 offices in operation supporting our clients in Bantry, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Bandon and Kinsale – two outreach offices one in Dunmanway and one in Castletownbere.
Since 2011 over 700 people have secured employment within our service.