Under Business in the Community Ireland’s Business Action on Employment, we have EPIC, our employment programme which works with immigrants to help them integrate into Irish society.
Employment and education are key factors in promoting integration of immigrants, who comprise 12% of the Irish population. Immigrants looking for employment and/or education recognise the lack of Irish work experience, interview preparation and the understanding of the Irish standards when preparing CV and Cover letter as strong obstacles to succeed in their applications.
Our EPIC (Employment for People from Immigrant Communities) Programme is a unique initiative that to date has impacted the lives of over 2,200 people from over 100 nationalities. 69% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. EPIC brings huge benefits to immigrants in terms of improving their English language, their job seeking skills, raising their motivation and confidence, increasing their understanding of the work environment and the Irish system; building their networks and promoting overall social integration.
Under our Business Action on Employment we also run Ready for Work, our employment programme that provides work experience, training and guidance to people with high barriers to employment. Barriers may include experiences of homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and early school leaving. Further information on Ready for Work is here.
Watch the video to hear the feedback from some of our clients on how EPIC was key in helping them to increase their job readiness and settle in Ireland. All participants in the video have secured employment in Dublin.
EPIC increases the job seeking skills of immigrants through pre-employment training, One-to-One support and opportunities for work experience.
Duration: 6 weeks
|Start date||End date|
|Group 1:||January 11||February 19|
|Group 2:||February 1||March 11|
|Group 3:||February 22||April 8|
|Group 4:||March 14||April 29|
|Group 5:||April 11||May 20|
|Group 6:||May 3||10 June|
|Group 7:||May 23||July 1|
|Group 8:||June 13||July 22|
|Group 9:||July 4||August 26|
|Group 10:||August 8||September 16|
|Group 11:||August 29||October 7|
|Group 12:||September 19||October 28|
|Group 13:||October 10||November 18|
|Group 14:||November 1||December 9|
Training and Employment Officers (TEOs) with expertise and wide experience in career advice and job placement, provide one-to-one support sessions on the various steps required in seeking new employment or education.
Supports include CV and interview preparation, psychometric testing, coaching for interviews as well as working with the participant to source and secure further education or employment.
Participants must first meet three essential criteria in order to be eligible
Caitríona Mac Aonghusa/Catherine Headon
Employment Programmes Coordinator (Job Share)
01 874 3840
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