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Pathways to Progress

Pathways to Progress aim to resource people from a migrant background to find work or to create pathways to employment.

If you are a migrant in or coming to Ireland, a refugee, a person seeking asylum or living in direct provision, a person under the EU Temporary Protection Directive or a person who has had their status regularised, you will find information here on working in Ireland, on preparation for and finding work, and on training and education you might find helpful to maximise your chances of finding a suitable job.

If you’re an employer, you can find information on preparing your workplace, recruiting and integrating workers from migrant backgrounds into your business, and hopefully, through our recruitment ads, find the right people for your business.

A job is crucial in welcoming and integrating people from migrant backgrounds into Irish society. Pathways to Progress is a safe space to find information you might need, and we’re here to help with any questions you might have.


L - R: Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland CEO and Chair of Open Doors Initiative; Alice Chau, Entrepreneur; Belal Farooqui, successful participant through ODI; and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD at the launch of Pathways to Progress

Employers for Change

The launch of Employers for Change

Above: The launch of Employers for Change, March 2021

Employers for Change, an employer disability information service, was launched on 11th March 2021 by the Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD, disability advocate and author Sinéad Burke and CEO Bank of Ireland Francesca McDonagh. 
Employers for Change provides a central source of information and advice for employers that informs them on all aspects of working with people with disabilities and encourages them to actively recruit from this group.
The service does this by:

  • Providing a dedicated helpline giving advice and information to employers about recruiting and employing people with disabilities, with a response within 24 hours.
  • Hosting a central web-based information resource incorporating guidance and a FAQ section.
  • Providing and participate in awareness raising and outreach activities.
  • Maintaining links with employer stakeholders and disability stakeholders.
  • Promoting the positive business case for the employment of people with disabilities.

The website covers an array of information including inclusive recruitment practice, reasonable accommodation, as well as toolkits, supports and useful links.

This provides the opportunity for employers to access advice and training, which will improve their business and their workforce.


Call, Text or WhatsApp: 0851579603
Request video call by email or text
Twitter: @EmployforChange
LinkedIn: Employers-for-Change


Towards Work

Towards Work is the central point for people with disabilities in Ireland to access resources and support in your journey towards employment or entrepreneurship.

Whether you are looking for further training and skill development, CV preparation advice, mentorship or accessibility aids, you can access a range of supports leading to successful employment. The Entrepreneurship section includes useful information for anyone looking to become self-employed, including grants, training resources and case studies.

Call, Text or WhatsApp: 0851435159
Request video call by email or text
Twitter: @Towards_Work
LinkedIn: Towards-Work


The Impact Hub at The Crann Centre

The Open Doors Initiative are delighted to be a funding partner of The Impact Hub - Ireland’s first purpose-built remote working hub for people with disabilities.

The Impact Hub is a brand new modern, fully-inclusive co–working space based in Ballincollig, West Cork. It was launched in March 2022 by Sarah Dullea, Dr Colm Hunt, CEO AIB and Chair and Founder of the Crann Centre Kate Jarvey.

The Impact Hub offers a spacious and vibrant environment for individuals or teams, with a full range of amenities to allow you to work in a pleasant and productive environment. It consists of a 17-desk facility with high-speed broadband, a fully accessible working environment and free parking, set on a three-acre site.  Members of the hub have access to key business supports from The Rubicon Centre at Munster Technological University (MTU), Cork City Council Local Enterprise Office, and the Open Doors Initiative.

It offers members great rates, flexible meeting rooms and a great community of professionals, entrepreneurs, and services, as well as unlimited cups of Nespresso and quiet, peaceful grounds for those moments away from your desk.

If you are looking for dedicated desk in a great space for you or your team call Joellen on 021 428 9267 or email

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