Business Action on Employment

Business creating inclusive employment

One of the most pressing societal issues in Ireland is the continued unemployment rates for marginalised people. The gap continues to widen even as we emerge from recession. Business in the Community Ireland through its Business Action on Employment tackles two key societal issues: integration and social inclusion.

We work with people with immigrant or refugee backgrounds. Immigrants arriving in Ireland face significant barriers to integrate within Irish society. Cultural differences, lack of recognition of qualifications, absence of Irish work experience are some of their key challenges.

We also work with people facing a range of barriers, for example, experience of homelessness or people moving on from addiction, mental health problems, people who have been out of the ‘mainstream,’ which can leave them with low confidence and fears as to whether they can fit in the workplace again.

We have impacted the lives of over 2,200 people from 100 nationalities, 69% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering.  

We have also impacted the lives of over 500 people with homelessness backgrounds. Close to 60% of those completing their work experience have since started working and almost all participants have said that the programme has increased their confidence and motivation for finding employment.

Businesses are uniquely placed to make an impact on this societal issue. From offering work experience opportunities to mock interview skills and mentoring, the impacts on people’s lives can be transformative as can the impacts on volunteering employees themselves.  

Companies who join the network can access our Business Action on Employment programmes. Members including Marks & Spencer, Boots, KPMG, Accenture, Oracle and Transdev have all participated in this area. BT and CPL have provided dedicated IT and mock interview support since 2008.

The benefits to companies are significant:

  • Impact on a major societal issue in Ireland
  • Access to volunteering programmes
  • Improved reputation and trust with local communities
  • A diverse and engaged workforce
  • A clear signal to employees of commitment to a key national issue
  • Training opportunity for staff when it comes to leadership and mentoring
  • Measurable impacts and detailed reports

How are the services delivered?

Business Action on Employment is delivered via our two programmes.

EPIC works with people from immigrant or refugee backgrounds and features pre-employment training, one to one guidance and opportunities for work experience.

Ready for Work helps people with high barriers to employment and provides training, guidance and guarantees a supported work experience in a company.

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Epic Programme

Business in the Community Ireland advices companies on how to be more responsible and sustainable. It also works in 2 key areas: employment and education. Regarding employment, it runs FREE programmes to support adults to become economically independent and more integrated in Irish society. Working with business EPIC supports immigrants and refugees and the services are tailored to individuals’ needs. In order to join people must be over 18 and legally entitled to work in Ireland without any restrictions: stamp 4, Irish or EU citizenship is necessary. English language at intermediate or higher level is required. The EPIC Programme is co-funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, November 25th, 2017 at 5:30am
International Careers Fair 2017 for people interested in developing their professional careers in an international arena on Thursday 7th December from 10 am to 4 pm at The Printworks, Dublin Castle on Dame Street, Dublin 2. This event is free but registering is required. For more information and booking, please visit the link:
http://www.gradpublicjobs.ie/gradpublicjobs/internationalCareersFair.htm
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeSaturday, November 25th, 2017 at 2:00am
FREE In Case of Emergency Exhibition: different artists, designers, scientists and dreamers will show their ideas about catastrophe and what we can do about it. It will be open until Friday 2nd February
at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This event is free but booking is required. For more information and booking, please visit the link:
https://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/in-case-of-emergency#53.344185|-6.250476|16
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeFriday, November 24th, 2017 at 5:30am
FREE Networking Event focused on Public Speaking and Communication Skills on Wednesday 29th November from 5.45 to 8 pm at Bank of Ireland, University Branch Montrose, Montrose Student Residence on Stillorgan Road 4. For more information and booking, please visit the link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/we-can-and-we-will-talk-tickets-38808167273?aff=es2
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeFriday, November 24th, 2017 at 2:00am
FREE Dublin Flea Christmas Market from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December at The Point Square, Dublin 1. For more information, please visit the link:
http://dublinchristmasflea.ie/
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeThursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 5:30am
FREE Networking Event: Back to Work After Baby for parents that are planning to go back to work after starting a family on Thursday 30th November from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Itsa @ IMMA café, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. For more information and booking, please visit the link:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/back-to-work-after-baby-coffee-morning-tickets-39671413265?aff=es2
Epic Programme
Epic ProgrammeThursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 2:00am
FREE Francisco de Goya Exhibition about the Disasters of War will be open until Sunday 21st January at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. For more information, please visit the link:
http://cbl.ie/Exhibitions/Coming-Soon.aspx

EPIC Programme is funded by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration under the Department of Justice and Equality and co-financed under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013

Ready for Work is funded by the Department of Social Protection and Marks & Spencer and is also delivered in 19 locations through Business in the Community in the UK

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