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Conor Coffey of Carmona Services who shadowed Deputy Simon Harris (right) at Dail Eireann was also welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Conor's Job Coach is Amy McPartland and he was supported on the day by volunteer Anne Marie Walsh

A month on from Job Shadow Day 2014, one of our participants, Conor Coffey recalled his job seeker success story.  He says: ‘In 2013 I did my Job Shadow Day in the Port House in Dundrum.  I shadowed the manager Hubert around the restaurant.  I enjoyed it very much.  I then got 6 weeks’ work-experience.  Then Hubert had a meeting with me and my job coach Amy McPartland and offered me the job.  I was very happy.” 

This year, as well as being interviewed on television for National Supported Employment Week, Conor shadowed Simon Harris TD and also met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Sinead Kennedy who is Support Employment Supervisor at Carmona Services  also took part in the television interview. She added: “The determination of our job seekers, a strong commitment to equal opportuntities from employers and support from job coaches makes for a very strong partnership. All those elements were present when Conor took part in Job Shadow Day 2013. One of our other Job Seekers, Stephen Stuart had paved the way in 2013 by getting paid employment so the relationship with the employer was already established.  The results have been fantastic.“

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