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 is an active labour market FREE programme in BITC which supports immigrants in Ireland to become financially independent and more socially integrated.
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, January 20th, 2018 at 6:00am
Attendees to our first Epic Programme Pre-employment training of the year finished their first week of classes. The contents were focused on identifying skills and preparing a personal profile for the CV and job searching techniques Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, January 20th, 2018 at 5:00am
A big thank you to Croke Park for facilitating a visit and a tour of the stadium for our Our RISE Programme- Refugees Integration, Skills and Employability participants on Tuesday January 16th Business in the Community Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeTuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 6:00am
We are delighted to see our former Epic Programme participant Saydyko South and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton T.D featured in the European Social Fund Ireland Calendar 2018. The picture was taken during our Graduation Ceremony 2017 Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, January 13th, 2018 at 6:00am
We are looking forward to our first Epic Programme pre-employment training of the year starting on Monday 15th January in our new premises in Phibsborough. We will have participants from Angola, Brazil, Jerusalem, Mexico, Sudan, Romania & Zimbabwe developing their knowledge about how to prepare successful applications to secure employment in Ireland Business in the Community Ireland @ESF_Ireland @DeptJusticeIRL
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, January 13th, 2018 at 4:00am
As part of Ireland’s Mental Health Arts Festival 2018, Draiocht Blanchardstown, a multi-purpose arts & entertainment centre, is organising free workshops in Association with LPNI and CAIRDE. More information at:
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 6:00am
The Irish Centre for Diversity published their Equality Ireland Directory and information on our Business in the Community Ireland Employment Programmes supporting immigrants, refugees and people with high barriers to employment is featured. You can check other resources and services available to the diverse communities of Ireland at:

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