The Rehab Group, which provides support services and job opportunity for disabled people, has announced plans to recruit 750 staff in its operations over the next three years.

Over 400 of those positions will be based in Ireland.

The Rehab Group currently employs over 3,500 people with 2,500 based in Ireland and another 1,000 in the UK, Poland and the Netherlands.

The new posts will be in the areas of training, education, health and social care, IT, sales and marketing, management and administration.

The jobs are open to anybody including people with disabilities, who are particularly encouraged to apply.

''Our overriding objective is to improve the lives of the people we support and to provide sustainable employment for our staff both with and without disabilities,'' commented Angela Kerins, chief executive of the Rehab Group.

"Rehab is an Irish organisation which had success in its original field and branched out to new sectors creating large scale employment'', commented the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, at today's announcement.

Rehab is Ireland's biggest provider of jobs for disabled people and runs a number of businesses in each of the four countries in which it operates. It is Ireland's largest processor of glass for recyling and operates a retail business and an international logistics business.