EPIC Programme

EPIC Programme: Online Employment and Integration Training for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants

Are you an unemployed asylum seeker, refugee or migrant living in Ireland? Are you looking for a job and you don’t know where to start your job search? We can help you develop your employment skills through the EPIC Programme.

Who funds the EPIC Programme?

The programme is supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and The Community Foundation for Ireland and funded under the Integration and Employment of Migrants activity as part of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) 2021-2027.

Register your interest for the Online EPIC Programme

Please fill in the form below, and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible.  Due to the high number of inquiries, this may take up to two weeks.

EPIC Programme Enquiry form 2023

For a faster response, please fill in the Online Training EPIC application form and email it to epic@bitc.ie

What is the EPIC Programme?

The EPIC programme is a FREE 6- week online training and education programme taught in English that helps you develop your skills, look for work and integrate into Irish society.

By taking part in the programme, you receive help with (Important note: These services are linked together – it is not possible to choose just one):

  • Improving your job-seeking skills
  • Learning business vocabulary
  • Preparing your CV and cover letter
  • Identifying and describing your skills
  • Practising for job interviews (face to face, phone and online)
  • Cultural integration (indirect/direct communication, body language and more)
  • Learning about Ireland and how to access different services (health, education, employment rights and more)
  • Developing your IT and LinkedIn skills
  • One-to-one support of a Career Counsellor

If you decide to take part, be assured that we put you at the centre of our work. We will assess your needs and provide a programme for you. We work with businesses to provide specialised supports.

Hear from a former EPIC participant on his experience with our employment programme.

Our impact

EPIC has helped over 4,000 people from 101 nationalities. 72% of our clients have found jobs or entered training or are volunteering. Why not apply and continue your journey in Irish society?

You must meet three conditions to qualify:

  • Have a good level of English – You should have intermediate (B1/B2) to high level of both written and spoken English and you need to be able to communicate in English without requiring translation support.  We will assess your English language level before you join the programme.
  • Eligible visa status – You must be an unemployed adult who is one of the following:
    • Asylum seekers with work permits,
    • Refugees, people with Subsidiary Protection or Leave to Remain and with Stamp 4,
    • People with Temporary Protection Certificates (Ukrainian refugee)
    • Migrants with Stamp 4, dependant Stamp 1G or EU/Irish citizenship (conditions apply)
  • Based in the Republic of Ireland

Our programme covers many areas to help you improve your skills and find work in Ireland. You can learn more in our EPIC Programme leaflet

Searching for work

  • Advice on how to look for a job
  • CV and cover letter writing techniques
  • Interview preparation includes tips and advice from employers
  • How to handle difficult interview questions
  • Mock interviews
  • Telephone skills for job interviews

Business support

  • IT training on Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • LinkedIn skills training
  • Workshops with HR representatives and companies
  • Practice interviews
  • Networking
  • Company visits

Integration sessions

The aims of the information sessions are to help you network, understand the Irish system and integrate into Irish society. Topics covered include:

  • Cultural Integration
  • Indirect/Indirect communication
  • How to access to healthcare
  • How to access education
  • Your employment rights

One-to-one support with career counsellors 

Our career counsellors provide one-to-one support sessions on the steps to take when seeking new employment or education. Their expertise and wide experience in career advice and job placement will help you on your journey. They may support you with:

  • CV and interview preparation
  • Psychometric testing (Aptitude test)
  • Interview coaching
  • Exploring your further education or employment options

The first step is filling out the Online Training EPIC Programme Application Form. You can download it or pick it up at our office. Then you can send it to us:

  • By email: epic@bitc.ie
  • To our office address: 3rd Floor Phibsborough Tower, Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, D07 XH2D

Our EPIC Programme is open for applications. Apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Each course is six weeks long and takes place in the mornings or in the afternoons.

Group Start Date End Date Schedule Closing Date for Applications
6 (online) 30-Apr-24 07-Jun-24 Afternoon 23-Apr-24
7 (online) 21-May-24 28-Jun-24 Morning 14-May-24

For further information please contact:

Livia Bartolomé
Engagement Executive

086 839 1313 (call/ WhatsApp)


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