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

Business in the Community Ireland advices companies on how to be more responsible and sustainable. It also works in 2 key areas: employment and education. Regarding employment, it runs FREE programmes to support adults to become economically independent and more integrated in Irish society. EPIC works with immigrants and the services are tailored to individuals’ needs. Businesses work with us to achieve these aims. To join the programme, people must be over 18 and legally entitled to work in Ireland without any restrictions: stamp 4, Irish or EU citizenship is necessary. English language at intermediate or higher level is required. If you meet the above criteria and are motivated to gain employment this could be the programme for you. The 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 Operational Programme 2007-2013.
Epic Programme
Epic Programme added 3 new photos.Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 4:30am
Our own Anna Greenhalgh and Breda Hegarty delivered training on Interview Skills for our RISE Programme- Refugee Integration, Skills and Employability-. We support refugees to access to job market in Ireland Business in the Community Ireland #RefugeeWeek #OurSharedFuture
Epic Programme
Epic Programme added 5 new photos.Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 5:00am
A group of young refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela participated in a training on CV Preparation provided by our own Soraya Sobrevia on Wednesday June 21st. Using interactive activities attendees learned more about standards when applying for jobs in Ireland Business in the Community Ireland #RefugeeWeek #OurSharedFuture
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, June 24th, 2017 at 4:30am
The 7th group of the year finished our pre-employment training on Friday 9th June. Well done everyone! Continue working with your Training and Employment Officers and keep us posted on how you progress with your job applications. Keep in touch, we are here to support you. Epic Programme Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic Programme added 2 new photos.Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 4:00am
We were delighted to welcome in our offices Catherine Ormsby and Nicola Finnegan from the European Social Fund Managing Authority. The meeting was held to discuss potential work in cooperation regarding information and communication activities and events. Our Epic Programme is part supported by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund (ESF) Fund 2014-2020 as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 5:00am
Kim O'Donnell and Jonas Taege from Google Dublin Office organised a visit for a group of job seekers. Attendees were given insight into Google's recruitment and had a tour around the offices. In the picture 3 participants of our RISE Programme -Refugee Integration, Skills and Employability- during the visit held on June 20th Business in the Community Ireland #RefugeeWeek #OurSharedFuture
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 4:30am
Cathal and Leanne from Dawn Farms provided an Interview Skills training on June 9th. Participants gained new knowledge and more confidence for their future applications for employment. Epic Programme Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL

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

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