The impact of our programmes in 2014

BITCI News - Uncategorized - Dec 15, 2014

Ready For Work

Our Ready for Work programme has supported 29 clients into employment in 2014. Additionally the programme has seen to completion the Sli Beatha project, which has provided 5 people with enduring mental health difficulties real experiences of work. Another project making 2014 unique is the Ballymun Youth Guarantee pilot, in partnership with the Ballymun Job Centre, this initiative has started only a couple of months ago but three participants have already started employment. Recently one of our clients brave and inspirational story was featured in the Independent.Read Alexis’s personal story.


To date in 2014 ,the EPIC Programme has successfully placed 106 people from immigrant communities in jobs, and a further 94 in training, volunteer/work experience placement roles.  As a percentage of the number of people whom we worked with to date in 2014, this constitutes a 65% placement rate.

We continue to focus on exploring and progressing work experience placements with companies, a great stepping stone into employment. This is evidence based with, since the scheme commenced,  47 participants out of a total of 59 going on to engage in employment or training after finishing the work experience placement. Since commencing, we have worked with people who are from 93 countries, with 65% having a university degree or higher, adding great diversity advantage, skills and expertise to work places in Ireland.

The Schools’ Business Partnership

sbpThe Schools’ Business Partnership this year has reached a major milestone with 200 schools-business partnerships. And we have also:

  • Delivered 25 Planned Management Excellence for Teachers seminars in schools
  • Rolled out Time to Read to 24 schools in September
  • Held 3 STEM Seeing is Believing events in Dublin, Donegal and Athlone with Diageo, Intel, Siemens, LM Ericsson, Pramerica and Letterkenny Institute of Education.
  • Evaluated all programmes with schools, companies and stakeholders with Evaluations Response rates for main programme – Skills @ Work 100% (131 schools); 99% (companies) & 96% for students