Who We Are
The Open Doors Initiative provides opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society. We create pathways to work through training, education and employment. Some of the people we work with include:
- Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers.
- Young people under 25 with educational barriers.
- People with a disability.
In Ireland today, these groups face higher barriers to employment than most others.
Did you know?
- The European Commission country Report for Ireland 2019 showed that Ireland had one of the lowest employment rates for people with disabilities in the EU (26.2% compared to 48.1 % in the EU). In Ireland, people with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
- Since the summer of 2018 many of our refugees and asylum seekers have been given the right to work but have been unable to access training and experience.
- The unemployment rate among our long-term unemployed under 25s is twice the national average.
The benefits of what we are doing will be two-fold – we will open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and in doing so we will attract and retain our future inclusive workforces.
In September 2018, 14 Irish employers came together with a plan to address these issues and support people from these groups in Irish society into employment.
Our numbers continue to grow and if you want to join us on this journey please get in touch.
The Government are fully supportive of the Open Doors Initiative, especially the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD and David Stanton TD along with many government departments.