Workforce inclusion player Rangam opens office in Cork

Expansion by Rangam designed to meet the growing global demand for innovation in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).

In good news for disabled and neurodiverse workers in Ireland, global leader in DE&I workplace solutions Rangam is establishing an operation in Cork.

Rangam is a minority, woman, and disability-owned workforce solutions company with a mission to “Accelerate Meaningful Employment for Everyone”, including autistic and neurodivergent talent, people with disabilities, service veterans, women in STEM, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other diverse groups.

“85% of autistic people in Ireland are unemployed or underemployed and disability employment in Ireland is one of the lowest in the EU at 26%”

The move comes amidst a global expansion by the business.

Source Abled

Rangam appointed Lee Corless in the UK in January this year to bring the organisation’s DE&I expertise to Europe and Asia.

As senior vice-president of Sales and Partnerships, Lee has since been involved in meeting autistic, neurodivergent, and disabled candidates to understand their pain points and career aspirations.

He and his team have also been attending various job fairs and other events across the UK and Ireland to build partnerships with employers and service providers.

“Following the success of our launch in the UK, I am delighted to see the expansion of the SourceAbled programme into Ireland,” said Emma Kearns, Solutions manager, Rangam EMEA.

“85% of autistic people in Ireland are unemployed or underemployed and disability employment in Ireland is one of the lowest in the EU at 26%. I am looking forward to working with businesses and job seekers to change this statistic for the better, and I’m excited to welcome Ireland into the fold as part of our mission to bring inclusive and accessible employment to the EMEA region.”

Rangam will be based at City Gate in Mahon, Cork.

“The feedback that we have received from the DE&I ecosystem in EMEA since January has been phenomenal,” Rangam President and co-founder Hetal Parikh elaborates.

“We have signed up over 40 candidates, talked to 48 service providers, onboarded two employers, advertised 10 roles, attended eight events, and hosted two webinars — all while learning and developing new skills, knowledge, and a resource base for our community.

“With the opening of a new office in Ireland, we hope to not only sustain this great momentum but also build on a promising start to further innovate and scale our SourceAbled programme beyond North America.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.