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EPIC Programme: Employment and Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Business in the Community Ireland

Are you an asylum seeker or refugee looking for a job?  We can help.

EPIC (Employment for People from Immigrant Communities), our BITCI employment programme, works with asylum seekers and refugees to help them find jobs and integrate into Irish society. We work in partnership with businesses to provide specialised support in all the skills you need to be successful in your job search in Ireland.

The EPIC Programme

EPIC offers a FREE employment programme currently delivered online that can help you integrate in Irish society by overcoming some of the most common barriers when looking for work or education such as: lack of Irish work experience, interview preparation, understanding of the Irish standards when preparing CV and Cover Letter. EPIC also offers one to one career guidance, work experience opportunities and support with other issues.

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    Watch this video a former EPIC participants on his experience with our employment programme.

    Our impact

    To date EPIC has impacted the lives of over 3,500 people from 101 nationalities. 68% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. The programme is supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

    EPIC increases the job seeking skills of asylum seekers 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.

    EPIC Programme Application Form

    Please fill in the application form and email it to epic@bitc.ie

    • Covers business vocabulary, CV and cover letter writing techniques; identifying and describing skills; telephone skills for job interviews and in the workplace; advice on how to look for a job.
    • Interview preparation includes tips and advice from employers, how to handle difficult interview questions, and the opportunity to do mock interviews
    • IT Skills Training –focusing on the use of Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
    • Information sessions on a variety of themes to facilitate networking, understanding of the Irish system and to promote social integration. Topics covered include access to health, employment rights and entitlements, social welfare,  and access to education.

    EPIC Programme leaflet

    Important note: Our EPIC Programme is open for applications. Due to high demand, our trainings are filling up fast and there is a waiting list for the programme. If you are interested in joining EPIC, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

    Group Start Date End Date Schedule
    1 (online) 11-Jan-21 19-Feb-21 Morning
    2 (online) 22-Feb-21 02-Apr-21 Morning
    3 (online) 15-Mar-21 30-Apr-21 Afternoon
    4 (online) 12-Apr-21 21-May-21 Morning
    5 (online) 03-May-21 11-Jun-21 Afternoon
    6 (online) 24-May-21 02-Jul-21 Morning
    7 (online) 14-Jun-21 23-Jul-21 Afternoon
    8 (online) 05-Jul-21 27-Aug-21 Morning
    9 (online) 09-Aug-21 17-Sep-21 Afternoon
    10 (online) 30-Aug-21 08-Oct-21 Morning
    11 (online) 20-Sep-21 29-Oct-21 Afternoon
    12 (online) 11-Oct-21 19-Nov-21 Morning
    13 (online) 01-Nov-21 10-Dec-21 Afternoon

    As part of the service package Career Counsellors 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.

    • Work experience opportunities
    • Social Support – advice on Social Welfare, housing, family and other issues
    • Mentoring service
    • Advice for entrepreneurs
    • Free access to computers for online job searching
    • Certificate of Participation upon completion of the Training

    Participants must first meet three essential criteria in order to be eligible

    • Status – Participants must be adults who are asylum seekers with work permits, refugees with Stamp 4 or people with Leave to Remain and Stamp 4
    • Location – As our EPIC Programme is based in Dublin, participants must be based in Dublin or the Greater Dublin Area. While delivering our training online we are open to applications outside Dublin
    • Level of English Participants should have intermediate to high level of both written and spoken English. The English language level will be assessed prior to joining the programme.

    Covid-19 updates:

    Our offices are currently closed and all our services including training have been moved online. For any inquiry about the EPIC Programme, email us at epic@bitc.ie

    For guidance, advice and resources about Covid-19 in various languages, please visit the HSE website

    Our other employment programmes:

    • Ready for Work, an EmployAbility Service that provides guidance, work experience and in-work supports to people with disabilities and health challenges
    • Women@Work a programme for women who have completed employability programmes and need further help to access employment

    For further information please contact:

    Livia Bartolomé
    Engagement Executive

    086 839 1313 (call/ WhatsApp)

    epic@bitc.ie

    Download the Guide for Migrant Jobseekers in Ireland

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