Business in the Community Ireland, the network for sustainability, announced today that with the support of businesses in Ireland, over 200 people from marginalised backgrounds secured employment in 2016.
Since 2007 Momentum has really demonstrated their commitment to diversity by being a loyal partner to our Ready for Work programme, offering work and employment opportunities to some of our most marginalised job seekers. In all 31 clients have done work placements in Momentum stockroom and cleaning roles, and 13 people have taken up employment
Indeed, a company that is becoming invaluable to online job searchers, has provided 5 workshops for EPIC participants this year, sharing tips on online job seeking with over 70 clients. Aaron Doran has been lead trainer and guest speakers have included: Giulia Ojetti, Martin Rolfs, Anna Rinella and Nathalie Flemig. Indeed have presented on top
Since 2010 KPMG has supported EPIC clients through a specialist Financial Services Mentoring Programme. A significant number of our immigrant jobseekers have backgrounds in accountancy and finance but are not able to secure work in Ireland and face many challenges establishing themselves within their chosen sector. Specialist mentoring by volunteers in KPMG helps to overcome
Accenture started supporting our EPIC programme in 2014 and it is a great partnership with very positive impacts on both sides. In Accenture the work is led by the dynamic quartet of Patrizia Uccheddu, Laura Lopez, Ana Arnes and Francesca Laterza who do a fantastic job organising and encouraging volunteers. Their leadership has made this
Tesco have been a member and a dedicated supporter of work placements for many years. 2016 was no different. The management and staff have been extremely welcoming to all our work placements candidates. This year candidates undertook placements in Tesco Fleet Street, Jervis Shopping Centre and Parnell Street. Gavin Hennessy Career LEAP Project Manager notes
M&S continue to be the flagship company for BITCI’s Ready for Work programme. In 2016, across Mary Street and Grafton Street stores, M&S have taken on 14 people for work experience to boost their confidence and experience and to get a valuable reference at the end. These people have come from various
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 2016 has seen growth in activity from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Leslee O’Loughlin and her colleague Nicola Halpin delivered 12 employment workshops to approximately 200 of our clients. The workshops cover CV and interview skills, tips and practice. In addition to Leslee sharing her HR experience, she is also able to relate to our
Workday are a fast growing, energetic and positive IT company who have recently started to support our Employment Programmes. In 2016 they have had two big impacts; building job seeking skills for over 40 unemployed people and providing a high quality work experience placement. Workday hosted two well-attended workshops in their lovely new offices
On the 7th December 2016, Business in the Community Ireland held its Annual Member Network Meeting kindly hosted by A&L Goodbody . The meeting involved presentations and discussion on the topic of excellence in CSR, now and in the future.
Available from Wednesday 7th December, the Reporting Exchange is an exciting new online tool that helps to make sense of over 1,000 reporting requirements and resources on sustainability reporting from around the world. Developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development , the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, Ecodesk and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, it’s a comprehensive global resource that connects
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment were in SSE’s Dublin offices on Monday 28 November to launch a Sustainability Impact Report into the 169MW Galway Wind Park which is being jointly developed by SSE and Coillte. The report outlines the valuable economic, environmental and social impacts
The staff of Bank of Ireland undertook the single biggest “Give Together” Volunteer Day on Wednesday 30 November 2016. “Give Together”, the Bank’s charity and community investment initiative in operation since 2007, is employee-led and is supported by the Bank through the provision of one day’s paid volunteer leave annually, matched fundraising and payroll-giving. For
How Tony’s success story started: BITCI’s Ready for Work programme Tony had been looking for work for over 4 years when he was referred to Business in the Community Ireland. As well as handing out CVs to various employers, he completed a number of training courses to improve his employability,but he reaped little benefit from
SMEs are often quoted as ‘the lifeblood of a country’s economy’; they are essential to generating good jobs, currently employing almost seven out of every ten persons in the business economy. [i] Hence supporting the growth and development of SMEs can have far-reaching economic and social impacts – for example, stimulating the economy. Governing bodies are
Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, identified a growing trend of large companies undertaking initiatives that support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Hence it undertook preliminary research to explore this topic in more detail to uncover exactly the types of initiatives large companies are carrying out to support SMEs
Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, recognised a growing trend amongst its members of initiatives being implemented that are aimed at supporting Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). These initiatives aren’t driven solely by Business-to-Business (B2B) companies who would potentially have SMEs along their supply chains as both customers and
Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as the network for responsible business, identified a growing trend of large companies undertaking initiatives that support Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Codess is a “community for female coders initiated by Microsoft, established to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field”. Codess delivers a series of worldwide events and workshops from academia through to the executive level.
In this month of our In Conversation with series we are delighted to talk to Michelle Toner Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at eir.
Meeting new friends – ESB Group in Cork launch the start of their Time to Read programme with Glasheen GNS Fexco employees (16 in all) with students and teachers of Glounaguillagh NS at the launch of Time to Read All aboard – St. Brogan’s students and teachers enjoying a site visit with employees at the
Students from Finn Valley after successfully completing their Unique Business to School Programme with SITA SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry has concluded the fifth successful year of The Skills @ Work programme working with the students of Finn Valley College. The School to Business Partnership provides students with a
Collette Traynor, Environmental Health Safety Manager at Smurfit Kappa News Press What school are you linked with and how long has this partnership existed? Smurfit Kappa News Press has worked with Business in the Community and O’Carolan College, Nobber since 2012. Outline a part of the Skills @ Work programme that stood out for you: I carried out
Visits to workplaces provide students with an exciting and real insight into Ireland’s leading indigenous and progressive companies. They get the opportunity to see the workplace first-hand and learn what it is like to work in an organisation that they often pass on their way to and from school every day. This is particularly true
GMIT’s Mayo Campus engaged in the Skills @ Work Programme with Scoil Muire & Padraig Secondary School, Swinford for the first time in 2015. This partnership has proved to be a very successful and informative experience with both the students and third level college staff learning and growing from the process. GMIT delivered informative sessions
“It really annoyed me when I heard an ill-informed person on the radio ‘championing’ low paid and low skilled retail workers, as it is very far from the truth. Retail is highly skilled, incredibly varied, very rewarding and well remunerated.” – that was the message Eileen Savage, HR Manager, M&S Cork, had for St. Patrick’s College
Eleanor Walsh, BITC Ireland, sat down with Donegal born, Kevin Breslin, at the busy Boots store on William Street, Limerick. In this rugby crazed city, you could kick a rugby ball from the store to Boots’ partnering all-girls school, Coláiste Nano Nagle. What is your favourite part of the programme? Doing the mock interviews, without