Insights Welcome to Work marks one-year anniversary helping legally resident migrants
26 June 2018

Welcome to Work marks one-year anniversary helping legally resident migrants

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More than 120 participants from new communities in Ireland have graduated under the government-backed Welcome to Work programme in its first year.

Of the 122 people who took part in the programme in Castlebar, Galway and Monaghan, 50 have gone into employment or further training with this figure set to rise before the end of 2018.

Welcome to Work began in June 2017 and is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 -2020.

The programme’s purpose is to increase employment opportunities for participants through a comprehensive 13-week course including language training, social skills, and mentoring that will assist in gaining long-term employment or further training.

Imelda Noone, Operations Director said “The Welcome to Work programme has helped changed the lives of many people in new communities in Ireland. Our teams have worked hard in the last 12 months supporting our participants and giving them the best possible chance to boost their employment opportunities.

“This has a positive impact on the community with more people ready to enter the workforce and businesses now able to recruit from a larger pool of potential employees.

“We’re delighted with the first year of Welcome to Work and we look forward to the programme going from strength-to-strength as our teams and participants progress in the future.”

People wishing to find out more information on how Welcome to Work could help them, a family member or a friend can visit