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Navan Students Go Job Shadowing

23 April 2015
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National Job Shadow Day (Wednesday 22nd April) gave five students from National Learning Network in Navan the chance to job shadow people in the local Garda stations, the Office of Public Works and the Revenue Commissioners. Ellen Fields and David Kelly shadowed local guards in Navan Garda Station and the Garda Headquarters in Johnston and got see what the day in the life of a guard in Meath is like. They said, “We got a tour of the station and saw places like the evidence rooms. We even got our finger prints taken!”

Deirdre Nevin and Ellen Fields spent the day in the Office of Public Works in Trim. After starting off with a tour of the offices, they sorted the post for everyone in the office and then compiled a list of all the registration numbers of the cars in the car park for the facilities department.
Donal Power spent his Job Shadow Day in the Revenue Commissioners office . He got to see all the different departments and what is done in each one on his tour of the building. He helped to sort and deliver the post. He learned how tax works and more importantly how to claim tax back!”
The students are currently doing the 'Access' Programme National Learning Network's Mullaghboy centre which is 36 month rehabilitative training programme. The Job Shadow Initiative was part of the community aspect of the programme.
Job Shadow Day is an initiative organised by the Irish Association of Supported Employment and the idea behind it is to encourage integration of people with disabilities with local employers. It has been proven that job shadowing works for businesses as it shows their commitment to equal employment opportunities and it can boost morale and productivity in the workplace.