stripeline for transition

“Ability is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for the Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020”.


Transition is under the auspices of the national Ability Programme aimed at supporting young people with disabilities across the country. It is a broad ranging initiative financed by the Irish Government through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020..

Transition is a programme promoting positive pathways into education, training and employment for participants. We work with young people between the ages of 15-29 in the Dublin 15 and Balbriggan areas living with a mild or moderate intellectual disability. Participants are supported in their journey towards employment through engagement with meaningful social roles, work taster opportunities and work placements within the community and voluntary sector. It is a person-centred programme aimed at meeting each individual’s needs and putting in place appropriate enabling supports to facilitate the transition to employability. Transition does not replace existing services that programme participants may be engaged with.

A key aspect of the project is one of partnership with disability organisations, who may refer participants, and organisations in the Community and Voluntary sector with a view to promoting the best outcomes for each participant.  Through this, Transition will ensure that young people have direct access to mainstream services in safe, supportive and familiar settings.

Transition is based at the Empower offices in Dublin 15 at Dillon House, Coolmine Industrial Estate and in Balbriggan at the BEAT Centre, Stephenstown Industrial Estate.


  • Pre-employment assessment
  • Person Centred Progression Plan
  • Regular individual support from Job Coach
  • Linking to the supports available  across Empower
  • Transitioning into Empower Employment Services
  • Enabling integration into Mainstream opportunities
  • On-going and continual support for the term of the Transition Project

To qualify for Transition you must be:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 29 years; and
  • Referred by a service supporting young people with disabilities; and
  • In receipt of a Disability Allowance or Invalidity Pension; or
  • In receipt of Illness Benefit for more than three months.