RISE Programme

Employment and Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with work permits


Business in the Community Ireland

RISE Programme updates:

The RISE Programme is currently on hold. Email us at epic@bitc.ie for more information

The RISE programme (Refugee Integration, Skills and Employability) is suitable for recently arrived refugees or refugees who have been in Ireland for longer but have not worked for a long time, and for asylum seekers who are eligible for work permits. RISE supports refugees and asylum seekers in their integration in Ireland, helping them to increase their understanding of Irish society. It also prepares them for employment and helps them to find work or suitable training.

The programme is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality, Office for the Promotion of Migration.

Training is in the Business in the Community Ireland training centre, Phibsborough Tower, Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7. If you are living in Mosney, transport may be provided (please ask if you need it.) Please download the informational leaflet.


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

  • Status – a Stamp 4 visa or an asylum seeker with a work permit
  • Location – Participants must be based in the Greater Dublin Area
  • Level of English – Reasonable level of spoken and written English. The English language level will be assessed prior to joining the programme.


RISE increases the job seeking skills refugees and asylum seekers using a needs assessment and a client centred approach. It provides pre-employment training, One-to-One support and opportunities for work experience placements.

BITCI Employment Programmes Application Form

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


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.

  • Classroom based training in a small group (6-10 people per group)
  • Opportunities to improve English and communication skills and increase knowledge about Irish society and culture.
  • 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.
  • Visits to businesses and talks and support from business volunteers

For further information please contact:
Caitríona Mac Aonghusa or Livia Bartolomé

(01) 874 3840/ (01) 874 3842