Supporting Partners

We, as supporting partners and experts in the given areas, undertake to provide expertise and guidance to the named companies who have taken this pledge, to guide them in providing a path to employment for marginalised groups with whom we work.

We will work with the companies to ensure that they meet the terms of their pledge and help them grow this initiative by sharing our learnings and knowledge with more companies and supporting partners.

We will advise them on the correct ways and mean to create an environment conducive to all workers, regardless of their background. We will work together to help reduce barriers to employment be they economic, cultural, physical, sensory, educational or others to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to find good work.

We will link in prospective employees and those seeking training and other opportunities to the Open Doors Initiative so that they may work together to secure better prospects for the individual and retain qualified staff for the companies.

We are seeking an initial commitment to reduce unemployment across three marginalised groups:

  • Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers
  • Young people under 25 with educational barriers
  • People with a disability

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Business in the Community Ireland is the country's only network for responsible business; we work with over 90 of Ireland’s top companies to measure, manage and report on their sustainability and corporate responsibility. In addition, we run the Business Working Responsibly mark, Ireland’s only certified standard for sustainability and CSR. Audited by the NSAI and based on ISO 26000, the Mark is the premier business standard in Ireland. We also work with hundreds of companies on leveraging the power of business to tackle education and unemployment in Ireland through our Business Action Programmes: Ready for Work, EPIC, and Refugees Integration, Skills and Employability (RISE).

In Adult Service in the CRC, we have a large Training and Development centre which caters for over 100 adults. We have many different programmes available in our T&D centre including Rehabilitative Training, Lifeskills programme and CDETB. The adults will have a key worker as part of the programme and they will help the adult develop a Person-Centred Plan. This will enable the adult to set goals for themselves and develop new skills.

A major focus of the Training and Development centre is being apart of the community and in particular, becoming visible as a valued member of society. In order to achieve this, there is a focus primarily on courses in the community e.g. literacy, drama, horticulture, as well as work experience with the focus of eventually getting paid employment.

We believe that everyone needs a set of skills to succeed in life. We offer a range of training and educational courses as well as support to help learn those skills.

Our vision is an Ireland where people with disabilities and disabling conditions are fully included and enabled to reach their full potential in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN CRPD. Our mission is to advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions in all aspects of their lives.  Our four strategic priorities are to support the participation and empowerment of people with disabilities within society, to drive the implementation and monitoring of policy to positively affect the lives of people with disabilities, to engage organisations across the disability movement to develop and respond to change, and to strengthen our organisational capacity to deliver our strategic priorities.

Dress for Success Dublin is a charity that supports women to enter the workforce, succeed at work, and achieve economic independence.  We were founded in 2011 by stylist, designer and tech entrepreneur, Sonya Lennon.  Since then, we have supported over 2,000 women with the clothes, skills and development opportunities they needed to secure employment.  

57% of the women we’ve supported are now working (compared to the 18% success rate by the government agency Seetec); 75% are where they want to be (whether in employment or in further education and training).

Empower is the local development company for Fingal. Empower is responsible for a range of Government funded programmes to meet the needs of individuals, families and community groups.

These include the Local Employment Service, TÚS in Dublin 15 and the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), which delivers services and programmes across Fingal.

Our vision is to ensure that all who live in Fingal are valued equally. To live and work within a culture of raised expectations and equal opportunities for all. Where social inclusion and financial security is a lived experience for all children, families, individuals and communities in Fingal.

Exchange House Ireland National Travellers Service is an organisation of Traveller and non-Travellers and a leading provider of front line and support services to some of the most marginalised Travellers in Ireland.  We are a multi-disciplinary front-line service provider offering Education and Training Services, Children and Young People Services, Family Support and Crisis Intervention Services, Addiction Services and the National Traveller Mental Health Service. Our aim is to break down barriers and discrimination in order to facilitate Travellers accessing the services they need. Exchange House Ireland has been providing a professional standard of practice for nearly 40 years.

Ibec is Ireland's largest lobby group representing Irish business both domestically and internationally. Its diverse membership spans every sector of the economy, employing over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland. Ibec and its trade associations lobby government, policy makers and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business conditions and drive economic growth. Ibec is a market leader in forecasts and surveys. Through its press office, Ibec sets out the views of business on key issues, regularly leading the national print and broadcast media. Ibec executives regularly speak at major national and international conferences and debates, and are members of key government expert groups and committees. Ibec provides a wide range of professional direct services to members including employer advice and representation on HR and industrial relations issues.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland, which houses an immigration helpline and Independent Law Centre, has been working to provide assistance to people from a migrant background, improving and protecting their rights since our establishment in 2001. Our vision in the Immigrant Council of Ireland is of a society that is fair, respects human rights and diversity and is committed to everyone, including people from a migrant background having the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We support and advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families and act as a catalyst for public debate, legal and policy change. With 17 years’ experience we can provide expert knowledge for those looking for our help. We want to ensure Ireland remains a place which promotes equality and provides justice and protection for those that need it.

The Irish Centre for Diversity works in partnership with organisations across Ireland to help them embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all they do.

With the support of Ibec and DCU’s Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, we recently launched Irelands first and only, all-encompassing, Diversity and Inclusion mark for Irish businesses called “Investors in Diversity”

Investors in Diversity offers a clear and structured framework to transform diversity practices and culture. Using cutting-edge tools and services that measure and inform your organisation on workplace Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE).

We also have a team of expert trainers that have presented face-to-face training to hundreds of organisations covering a wide range of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related topics and can also support you to progress on any aspect of your D&I journey.

Congress is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 800,000 working people. Congress seeks to achieve a just society - one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life.  Congress will strive to achieve economic development, social cohesion and justice by upholding the values of solidarity, fairness and equality. Congress will also construct and advocate for a platform of policies capable of delivering our vision of a just society. We will engage with Government, employers, civil society organisations, voluntary groups and international bodies to promote its attainment.

The Irish Refugee Council is Ireland’s only NGO focussing solely on refugee issues. With over 25 years’ experience working directly with people in need of international protection the organisation has a number of key works areas including: Informational and referral services; Legal advice and representation; Integration Programmes: resettlement, housing, employment & education; and Youth Work. The Irish Refugee Council also advocates for improvements in the asylum procedure, reception conditions and in relation to Ireland’s engagement with EU refugee policy through their media, research and policy work. Their Drop-In Centre is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm) and provides free and confidential advice and information relating to all aspects of the asylum process.

The Irish Youth Foundation believes that achievement starts with opportunity for young people living in disadvantaged circumstances. We are a privately funded organisation that funds and develops projects and programmes for young people across the island of Ireland. We provide financial support in the form of grants to local community and voluntary youth groups working with at-risk and disadvantaged young people. Secondly we partner with corporates to develop bespoke programmes around our three key pillars Education, Skills For Life and Health & Wellbeing.

Peter McVerry Trust is a national homeless and housing charity, supporting those impacted by homelessness and social disadvantage. The charity’s mission is to support people out of homelessness, offering a comprehensive package of support to ensure they can leave homelessness behind, permanently, and to assist each person to re-establish himself or herself in the community and move towards greater independence.

The national housing and homeless charity is rolling out a series of new initiatives in 2019 to assist people through activation programmes in relation to training and employment. Currently, the charity supports participants in areas such as carpentry training with Moyross Youth Academy in Limerick, the Peter McVerry Trust Carline project supporting youth education in Dublin, in addition to a range of prevention and educational supports. Peter McVerry Trust will double spending in this area this year, with a budget of €1 million in 2019, with a particular emphasis on growing young people’s digital skills and offering enhanced supports to secure employment after training.

The Positive2Work Skillnet is made up of small, medium and large companies from all sectors of the Irish Economy. Positive2Work Skillnet member companies have come together to explore how the intervention of effective strategies, supported by training solutions and people development, can positively impact on the quality of employees working lives and the competitive environment within which network member companies operate. The aim is to create a Positive2Work environment for all employees within the member companies of the Skillnet. To date the Skillnet has delivered IT training, soft skills, management development and health and safety.

The Rehab Group is a charity that champions the value of diversity and inclusion for people with a disability or disadvantage in their community. Over 17,000 people with a range of disabilities use Rehab Group’s services at 170 centres in 26 counties of Ireland as well as in England, Scotland and Poland. The Rehab Group services helps people with disabilities to be more independent, contribute to their communities and empowers them with the skills and confidence to be more active in the workforce.  This is achieved through a range of services: care provided by RehabCare; education and training provided by the National Learning Network and work provided by Rehab Enterprises.  The Rehab Group has decades of experience focusing on finding work solutions for people with disabilities as well as helping thousands of employers nationwide to employ them.

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) are an established not-for-profit organization, operating a pioneering education programme for students with intellectual disabilities. We are based within the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin. Our Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive applied Practice covers a wide range of modules over 2 years. The core mission of the TCPID is to address the significant educational and societal barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities Our goal is to equip our students with the requisite education and training for future employment or further education which will allow them to lead more independent lives.

We have established a very strong network of business partners who are working with us to provide student work placements, paid internships and in some cases permanent employment for our graduates. We are proud to now have a network of over 20 partners across a wide range of industries including law firms, financial institutions, global healthcare companies, recruitment companies and the aircraft leasing sector to name a few. We believe that together with our TCPID business partners we can make a real difference and build true inclusion within the workplace and within society.

Twitter: @IDTCD // Facebook: /InclusionTCD // Instagram: inclusiontcd // LinkedIn: /school/inclusiontcd

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and ensuring that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find refuge from violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. We work with the Government, NGOs and other partners in Ireland to promote and safeguard the rights of refugees and to raise awareness of refugee issues. UNHCR Ireland is also a member of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme taskforce and supports the Government in the implementation of its resettlement programme, which has given safety to over 2,000 refugees since its establishment in 1998.

WALK’s Supported Employment Programmes develop career ambitions of people with intellectual disabilities. Our vocational initiatives; WALKways Tallaght University Hospital programme, Oireachtas Work Learning Programme and WALK Real Ability Project focus on gaining industry experience in order to develop work readiness. WALK partner with employers who share our vision to provide career opportunities ranging from small local to large global companies such as Compass, Nandos and Autodesk. Through active partnership employers feel appropriately supported to confidently provide real careers. We assist with onsite training, disability awareness and use a team problem solving approach to overcome any challenges. WALK are committed to achieving success in each placement and will adjust its support levels to need.