AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


The WAM Programme

Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) is a work placement programme which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace.

Participating employers (WAM Leaders) collaborate with WAM to offer mentored, paid, work placements for graduates with disabilities. This partnership brings graduates with disabilities and employers together so that both can benefit from each other - ensuring genuine learning opportunities for all.

Collage of various companies working with WAM - Pfizer, Salesforce, Allianz, Mercer, Innopharma, Meta, Local authorities, Bank of Ireland, NTMA, Enterprise, Bord na Mona, Green Party, VMWare, Diageo, Public Jobs



WAM is unique in that it seeks to engage and support employers in order to simultaneously develop the potential of employers and graduates with disabilities. Since 2005, The WAM Programme has provided over 680 placements for graduates with disabilities and worked with the following dynamic network of employers in 2023-2024.




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WAM - Funded by DSP

The WAM programme @ AHEAD is kindly supported by the Department of Social Protection

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Creating Inclusive Environments in Education and Employment for People with Disabilities

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