Business Action on Employment programme exceeds 2015 targets by 24% with help from 45 companies

BITCI News - Jan 04, 2016
EPIC Employment Business Action on Employment

2015 was the year when the economic turnaround translated into a real increase in job opportunities. In 2015, our Employment Programmes as part of our Business Action on Employment supported 167 people into paid employment, 32 people more than our target of 135!

Our clients include a wide range of people facing many different barriers to finding employment.For some it is difficult backgrounds and life experiences – e.g. former addiction, mental ill health, criminal convictions, early school leaving, the care system, human trafficking and disadvantaged youths. For others it is migration, either by choice or as refugees – which is the additional barrier to finding employment.Using different approaches including training, 1-1 support, work placements and business supports, BITC helps people overcome their barriers to getting into the workforce.

In 2015, 21 BITC member companies and 24 other businesses supported our clients through a range of engagements including hosting work placements, IT training, providing workshops, site visits, mock interviews, mentoring, motivational peer talks, staff training and hosting events. These business inputs are critical to the success of our Employment Programmes. They also provide businesses with valuable and enjoyable development and volunteering opportunities for their staff, and the opportunity to have a major positive impact on some of the most disadvantaged people in their communities.

If you think your company has what it takes to help people find employment, please contact BITCI’s employment programmes at employmentprogrammes@bitc.ie or call 01 874 7232.