Ability Focus is proud to be recognised as Ireland's leading provider of disability awareness training and it's great to see increasing numbers of businesses consider this training as a key first step in creating disability inclusive workplaces.
Through our CPD accredited and L&DI Endorsed live online instructor led delivery as well as our on-site training workshops Ability Focus have brought greater awareness of Ireland's most diverse group to thousands of colleagues across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.
We are proud to have a client list of many of the best known and most reputable organisations operating out of Ireland including An Post, Central Statistics Office, UCD, Johnson & Johnson, Bord Bia, Vodafone, Dept of Social Protection and many more.
As 2023 progressed we continued our programme delivery delivering a wide range of programmes to local authorities, law firms, tech companies and the hospitality sector.
One large organisation we particularly enjoyed working with in 2023 was Tifco Hotel Group who committed to a wide-ranging disability awareness training initiative starting in June and finishing in September.
Tifco Hotel Group is Ireland's second largest hotel operator and is one of Ireland's largest operators for conference and meeting facilities. The group offer a combination of well-known hotel brands including Crown Plaza Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn and Hard Rock Hotels as well as other unique private label hotels across the country.
In May Ability Focus started the process of working Patrycja Zabawska - Group Learning & Development Manager for Tifco Hotels, with a view to delivering disability awareness training to staff from across the hotel group over the summer months.
Patrycja was hugely committed to ensuring a suite of programmes was developed which met the needs of staff from various departments across the group. We met with Patrycja several times and had regular contact through email as we organised a specific training plan where we considered a full training needs analysis, training objectives, training delivery with projected completion dates.
Starting in mid-June and finishing in mid-September Ability Focus delivered 7 programmes to participants from across the country tuning in from several Tifco hotels. 5 programmes focused specifically on Customer Focused Disability Awareness Training where the emphasis was placed on ensuring respectful service provision for hotel patrons who have a disability. Two more programmes were delivered to management and HR teams and these programmes placed an additional emphasis on reasonable accommodation, disability policies and related legislation.
On completion of training in September the Ability Focus team remarked on how hugely engaged participants from the various hotels were during each programme, and the management groups in particular stood out to us as a group that were especially interested in creating a disability inclusive workplace.
To the best of our knowledge Tifco Hotel Group is one of the first hotel groups in Ireland to offer a roll out of disability awareness training to staff and it was a genuine pleasure to work with an organisation which places disability inclusion at the heart of diversity and equality.
We would also like to thank Patrycja Zabawska who was instrumental in organizing training over the summer months, and for such kind words on completion of training:
"Tifco Hotel Group collaborated with Ability Focus from June to September 2023 to deliver a number of Disability Awareness training sessions for our staff members. Training provided by Stephen Kelly and his team is of excellent quality, very informative and engaging.
Feedback from our staff members who attended training was extremely positive. Diversity and inclusion are a big focus within Tifco Hotel Group and Disability Awareness training has played a significant role in supporting our staff in that area and growing their knowledge. We would highly recommend Ability Focus as an excellent training provider."
We look forward to working with Tifco Hotel Group and Patrycja Zabawska again in the future and would like to wish this disability inclusive hotel group the very best of luck with all future endeavours.
If you are considering Disability Awareness Training for your organisation, please get in touch with Ability Focus by calling (01) 699 1150 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss a customised programme to suit your disability training needs.
Ability Focus is the leading provider of disability awareness training in Ireland. Our award-winning training programmes are CPD accredited, L&DI Endorsed and delivered by qualified trainers with over eighteen years' experience working in disability inclusion.