Job Interview Interpreter Grant available for employers interviewing candidates who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment

    Jobseekers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment and are attending job interviews, may apply to the DSP for funding to have a sign language interpreter or other interpreter to attend the interview with them. Funding can also be provided to cover the costs of an interpreter during an induction period when the individual starts work.

    The Department will pay a fee as per the standard rate for a 3-hour period using a professionally qualified interpreter. Travel costs for the interpreter are paid at a set rate. Rates will be differentiated between professionally qualified interpreters and others

     The jobseeker sources and selects the sign language interpreter or other interpreter as appropriate. Interpreters can be friends, family members or professionally qualified sign language interpreters. The DSP will pay a fee plus travel costs for the interpreter.  The jobseeker or newly hired employee contacts their Employment Services Office to obtain and complete an application form;

    • The application form Part 1 and Part 2 is brought to the interview or the induction programme and signed and stamped by the employer and interpreter;
    • On return of the application form, payment is made directly to the interpreter or to Irish Sign Link as appropriate

     Visit  Interpreter Grant for more details.

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