aimed at helping shape marginalised entrepreneurs has begun with HotHouse TUD and a serial entrepreneur as an advisor. We are looking for funding to put the model in place and hold an awards competition. A deck is available for anyone looking for more information on these and other projects
The Open Society
takes refugee families from Syria and other places of extreme need and resettles them here in Ireland, within a community of allies. We have been asked to develop the support relationships through Cairde – the Allies Network, with business, sport, the religious, and other community groups. We are looking for business and academic partners to support this work.
Launch of Employers for Change Service
The Taoiseach and Sinead Burke launched Employers for Change - the new Employers Disability Information Service in March. This service aims to make employers more confident in hiring people with disabilities and retaining them in the workplace. There has been excellent uptake of this offering.
Migrant Hub – we are building a hub for all material related to migrant employment in conjunction with Supporting partners and other NGOs in the area. This will feed into the work with Cairde and align with what is being done on the Employers Disability Information Service.
Skillsbase – Volunteer hub to directly connect professional volunteers with NGOs on a needs basis. In talks with Volunteer Ireland and Chambers Ireland on how this can be utilised.
Remote Working Centre – An Crann, David Stanton TD and local businesses are all involved, along with ODI. Looking to finalise a partnership with Cork City Chamber and Govt. This work meets the Tánaiste’s proposals around remote working, with a focus on people with disabilities and others who need remote working resources.
Computers for Direct Provision: We are working with a range of migrant groups to collect 900 computers for people in Direct Provision who are in education or looking for work. Several companies have already contributed.
Jobs board additions: We are featuring a Jobs board on the website, advertising internships, jobs and other relevant positions direct to marginalised groups. Interest from participants has been very strong. All companies are encouraged to send positions to us. We have participants trained up to Doctorate level, so all positions are applicable, including grad roles. The wording of the spec should be aimed at encouraging marginalised people to also apply, which we can help with. https://www.opendoorsinitiative.ie/positions-apprenticeships-and-internships