Women at Work

Business in the Community IrelandThe Women@Work programme supports women to gain and retain meaningful work over the long term. We have a flexible and supportive approach, led by the objectives of the participant. A tailor made programme will help participants to identify career plans and achieve their employment goals. We do this through one-on-one coaching sessions as well as group workshops.

The programme is jointly funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and by the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 under the Gender Equality strand.

The Women@Work programme is open for registrations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the programme is currently delivered online.

Women@Work Programme offers the following services

  • 1:1 career coaching and in-work support for the first year of employment
  • Personalised career planning
  • Career workshops weekly, often delivered by business partners
  • Help with job applications CV and LinkedIn profile
  • Interview coaching
  • Access to extensive business links
  • Network building
  • Peer support through weekly virtual coffee
  • In-work support for up to one year

Participate in the programme, download the application form.


Participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

• Participants must be eligible to work in Ireland
• Participants must not be currently working
• Suitable for those not supported by Social welfare with the exception of One Parent Family payment (including Job Seekers Transitional Payment), Carer’s Allowance and Disability Allowance

• Initial phone call to discuss the programme
• Complete application form
• Registration (online)
• Action plan (online)
• Coaching sessions (one-on-one)
• Weekly group workshops and virtual coffee
• Business led group training
• Support provided for up to one year
• Time commitment for participants 2-5 hours per week

We have 5 intakes each year, January, April May, August and October.

We hold information sessions before each intake, if you would like to join our next information session to learn more please contact women@work@bitc.ie For more information please contact Gail Fitzgerald 086 032 6588 or Celine Hamill 086 032 6587

Testimonials from past participants:

As a job seeker, I was faced with a lot of rejection. The moral support I got from the Women@Work programme encouraged me to keep going and not give up on finding a suitable employment. The programme helped to stay connected with other women in the same situation and have peer support. Also, the mentoring and workshops on the programme helped me a lot in my job search and my application process. It helped me to prepare better for job interviews and gain more confidence in my self. I am so grateful that I had this much support during my journey. ”

The workshops and the help made me feel like I can do this. It was nice to have someone to talk to throughout the process. I am so happy to be back working again after so long”.

Before the Women@Work programme I would not have had the confidence to apply never mind start a course. I am really happy I did. This will give me more opportunities in the future”.

For more information please contact
Gail Fitzgerald 086 032 6588

(01) 874 7232