Employee Retention Grant


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The purpose of the Employee Retention Grant Scheme is to assist private sector employers to retain employees who acquire an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their ability to carry out their job. It helps to explore an employees continuing capacity to operate as a productive member of the workforce. This scheme assists in maintaining the employability of an employee when they acquire an illness, condition or impairment (occupational or otherwise) by providing funding to:
  • Identify accommodation and/or training to enable the employee to remain in their current position; or
  • Re-train the employee so that they can take up another position within the company.
Their are 2 stages to the scheme comprising the development and implementation of a retention strategy.

Scheme Structure

Stage 1 facilitates employers by enabling them to buy in external specialist skills and knowledge needed to develop an individualised ‘written retention strategy’ for an employee who acquires a disability.
 
Stage 2 provides funding to the employer towards the implementation of the written retention strategy, including re-training, job coaching and/or hiring of an external co-ordinator to oversee and manage its implementation.

Eligibility

The Employee Retention Grant Scheme is open to all companies in the private sector. Funding is available to support the retention of an existing employee at any level and occupation within the company, who acquires an illness, condition or impairment which impacts on their  current ability to do their job.

Funding & Application

Stage 1 – Development of the Retention Strategy

Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €2,500 towards the development of a written retention strategy for any one employee.
 

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Stage 2 – Implementation of the Retention Strategy

Funding of 90% of eligible programme costs is available to companies up to a maximum of €12,500 towards the implementation of a retention strategy for any one employee. Funding for the specialist personnel is limited to a set number of hours and application may not be made without the support of an individualised written retention strategy (refer to Stage 1).

 

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Contact Information

Contact details for the Employee Retention Grant Scheme can be accessed here.
Last modified:06/08/2019
 

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