Gateway to Employment

Discover our Gateway to Employment project, aiding migrants in Ireland to secure meaningful work.

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Our Gateway to Employment project works with migrants and employers to overcome some of the most significant barriers to employment faced by migrants in Ireland, namely limited local work experience and social networks.

This project addresses these barriers by:

  1. Working with disadvantaged migrant groups to develop individual career plans, provide targeted supports and ongoing mentoring.
  2. Engaging with employers to create work placements for migrants and to implement inclusive policies and practices in the workplace.
  3. Facilitating networking events across the country with guest speakers to motivate and foster sustainable professional relationships for migrant participants and employers beyond the project cycle.

One of the main barriers to employability is language skills. This project leverages our SaorEd online education platform to enable people who don’t have easy access to English classes to overcome this. We also assist project participants in accessing further education and training as needed.

The project aims to promote equal opportunities and to foster active inclusion and participation of third-country nationals in Ireland. We do this by providing a wraparound service that includes personal development, education and training needs assessments, individual career planning and ongoing mentoring.

The project team work with participants to improve their employability and give them access to decent work opportunities. To overcome barriers associated with having limited local work experience, we work with and support employers to provide employment opportunities for people from particularly disadvantaged migrant groups. We will also support employers to develop and implement sustainable inclusive policies and practices in the workplace.

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This project is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF+ Employment, Inclusion, Skills & Training (‘EIST’) Programme 2021-2027.