Business Action on Employment

Business creating inclusive employment

One of the most pressing societal issues in Ireland is the continued unemployment rates for marginalised people. The gap continues to widen even as we emerge from recession. Business in the Community Ireland through its Business Action on Employment tackles two key societal issues: integration and social inclusion.

We work with people with immigrant or refugee backgrounds. Immigrants arriving in Ireland face significant barriers to integrate within Irish society. Cultural differences, lack of recognition of qualifications, absence of Irish work experience are some of their key challenges.

We also work with people facing a range of barriers, for example, experience of homelessness or people moving on from addiction, mental health problems, people who have been out of the ‘mainstream,’ which can leave them with low confidence and fears as to whether they can fit in the workplace again.

We have impacted the lives of over 2,200 people from 100 nationalities, 69% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering.  

We have also impacted the lives of over 500 people with homelessness backgrounds. Close to 60% of those completing their work experience have since started working and almost all participants have said that the programme has increased their confidence and motivation for finding employment.

Businesses are uniquely placed to make an impact on this societal issue. From offering work experience opportunities to mock interview skills and mentoring, the impacts on people’s lives can be transformative as can the impacts on volunteering employees themselves.  

Companies who join the network can access our Business Action on Employment programmes. Members including Marks & Spencer, Boots, KPMG, Accenture, Oracle and Transdev have all participated in this area. BT and CPL have provided dedicated IT and mock interview support since 2008.

The benefits to companies are significant:

  • Impact on a major societal issue in Ireland
  • Access to volunteering programmes
  • Improved reputation and trust with local communities
  • A diverse and engaged workforce
  • A clear signal to employees of commitment to a key national issue
  • Training opportunity for staff when it comes to leadership and mentoring
  • Measurable impacts and detailed reports

How are the services delivered?

Business Action on Employment is delivered via our two programmes.

EPIC works with people from immigrant or refugee backgrounds and features pre-employment training, one to one guidance and opportunities for work experience.

Ready for Work helps people with high barriers to employment and provides training, guidance and guarantees a supported work experience in a company.

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Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeDecember 2nd, 2016 at 5:30pm
Our Epic Programme team having lunch in the Project Arts Centre on November 23rd
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Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeDecember 1st, 2016 at 5:30pm
The Latin American Families Christmas Party is to be celebrated on the 4th of December at St. Anthony's Parish Hall in Clontarf, D3 between 1 and 4pm. The event will have market selling food and crafts, family entertainment, piñatas and Christmas Carol singing.
For more information contact Magdalena Carrara or Liliana Morales at:
This event is supported by Business in the Community Ireland​ sister organisation The Community Foundation for Ireland​.
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Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeNovember 30th, 2016 at 5:30pm
A Public Tour of the exhibition 'Beyond Leaving' will take place tomorrow Thursday 1 December at 2 pm in the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Meeting House Square, Dublin, 2.
The exhibition is focused on the expectation and reality for the current Irish emigrants. Admission is free
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Epic Programme added 2 new photos.November 30th, 2016 at 5:00pm
Krisztina Saramo and Maria Zabal from Accenture meet a group of clients on November 18th to share their own experiences and challenges while settling in Ireland. It was a very inspiring and encouraging session. A big thank you to Krisztina and Maria.
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Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeNovember 28th, 2016 at 5:30pm
Creative Spark in a partnership with Enter is organising the conference.
Date: Friday 2nd December 2016 at 9:30am until 2:00pm
Location: Creative Spark, Clontygora Court, Dundalk
Admission free, booking in advance required
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EPIC Programme is funded by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration under the Department of Justice and Equality and co-financed under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013

Ready for Work is funded by the Department of Social Protection and Marks & Spencer and is also delivered in 19 locations through Business in the Community in the UK