BITCI to receive funding to support women returning to the workforce

BITCI News - Oct 08, 2019

Business in the Community Ireland

We are delighted to announce that our Employment Team has been successful in securing funding from the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 for a new innovative employment programme “Women@Work” to support women returning to the workforce. This programme is part of our Inclusive Employer focus area enabling business to create a more inclusive society.

Project Summary 

Women@Work will provide a bridge for women coming from existing employability/employment programmes run both by Business in the Community Ireland and other organisations to enter sustainable employment. This will be done as part of BITCI’s strategic objective – “Business delivering meaningful social inclusion, through the implementation of the Inclusive Employer Blueprint.”

Women@Work Employment Advisors will provide liaison and support services for:

  • Women progressing from BITCI’s and other quality employability programmes who need a higher level of support in the work place, provided through individual and small group training, coaching and mentoring.
  • Businesses who are willing to recruit from diverse sources and provide additional support to women, but need expert support to make this successful

The goal is to provide expert independent support both for the employee and the employer to ensure successful and sustainable employment outcomes.

The target total number of women returners supported is 120 over the lifetime of the programme, with growth in numbers year on year as the programme becomes established. Participants will be recruited from BITCI’s employment programmes and from other quality employability programmes.

If you have any queries on this new programme please contact our Employment Programmes Co-ordinator Caitríona MacAonghusa.

Image credit: Leslee O’Loughlin, Group Human Resources Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car at a past workshop for EPIC clients.