Under Business in the Community Ireland’s Business Action on Employment, we have EPIC, our employment programme which works with immigrants and refugees 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 and refugees 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 an initiative that to date has impacted the lives of over 2,600 people from over 100 nationalities. 67% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. EPIC brings huge benefits to immigrants and refugees 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. The 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.
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 learn about how EPIC supports immigrants and refugees by increasing their job readiness and helping them to settle in Ireland.
EPIC increases the job seeking skills of immigrants and refugees using a needs assessment and a client centred approach. It provides pre-employment training, One-to-One support and opportunities for work experience.
Please fill in the application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively, you can drop it into our offices – 30/31 Lower O’Connell St. Paper copies of the application form are also available at our offices.
Duration: 6 weeks
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|Group 1:||January 9||February 17|
|Group 2:||January 30||March 10|
|Group 3:||February 20||March 31|
|Group 4:||March 13||April 28|
|Group 5:||April 3||May 19|
|Group 6:||May 2||June 9|
|Group 7:||May 22||June 30|
|Group 8:||June 12||July 21|
|Group 9:||July 3||August 25|
|Group 10:||August 8||September 15|
|Group 11:||August 28||October 6|
|Group 12:||September 18||October 27|
|Group 13:||October 9||November 17|
|Group 14:||October 31||December 8|
As part of the service package 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
Employment Programme Coordinator
01 874 3840
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