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

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The EPIC Programme

Under Business in the Community Ireland’s Business Action on Employment, we have EPIC (Employment for People from Immigrant Communities), our employment programme which works with migrants and refugees to help them integrate into Irish society.

We work in partnership with businesses to provide specialised supports. Immigrants and refugees looking for employment and education recognise the lack of Irish work experience, interview preparation and the understanding of the Irish standards when preparing CV and Cover letter as strong obstacles to succeed in their applications.

EPIC is an initiative that to date 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 part supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

Watch this video to hear some of our former EPIC participants share their stories towards integration and employment in Ireland and their experience with the EPIC programme.

EPIC increases the job seeking skills of immigrants 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.

BITCI Employment Programmes Application Form

Please fill in the application form and email it to . Alternatively, you can drop it into our offices – 3rd Floor Phibsborough Tower Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7. Paper copies of the application form are also available at our offices.

  • 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.

BITCI EPIC 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 from non-EU states with Stamp 4, Stamp 1G (Spouse/de facto partner of a CSEP holder or of Researchers in the State on Hosting Agreements only, conditions apply), asylum seekers with work permits or from EU states entitled to work in Ireland
  • 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.

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

(01) 874 3842

Download the Guide for Migrant Jobseekers in Ireland

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