€2.7 million funding for migrant employment assistance announced

Grants totalling €2.7 million to promote and provide employment support for migrants were announced by Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth.

A total of seven projects will be delivered in the coming three-year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), who were successful following an open Call for Proposals.

The migrant integration projects will provide a range of practical supports directly to migrants, primarily aimed at improving their employability, and will include English language classes and workplace training.

Examples of the migrant integration projects selected for funding include:

  • a project based in Meath that will deliver workplace English-language training (both accredited and non-accredited), CV preparation, Interview skills and one-to-one mentoring
  • a project based in Donegal that will provide individual action plans for participants, addressing educational, training and motivational needs, as well as working with employers to highlight the business advantages of a diverse workforce
  • a Dublin-based project, with extensive links into major employers, will provide support in CV preparation, interview skills, and delivering practical work experience through paid internships, while supporting employers in recruiting and retaining migrant staff

Announcing the migrant integration funding, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth said:

“Seven projects will be funded across the country to help support the integration of our new communities, specifically aimed at boosting migrant employability. These grants will bolster the good work being carried out every day by local community organisations and national NGOs in support of migrant integration.”

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