Migrant Women - Opportunities for Work (Mi-WOW)
Migrant Women - Opportunities for Work (Mi-WOW) is our newest project. Coordinated and run by Migrant Women, and funded by the Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programme (2014-2020), and the European Social Fund (ESF) programme PEIL 2.9 Gender Equality, Strand A (Women Returning to the Workforce) 2019.
Mi-WOW is looking to explore, support, and overcome specific barriers that Migrant Women are facing in Ireland during their job-seeking journeys. Mi-WOW is designed to empower Migrant Women to reach their potential, rebuilding their confidence, and upgrading their skills to facilitate their access to the labour market and/or career progression in ways that are linked to their professional goals.
Additionally, Mi-WOW aims to provide support and a critical thinking space to enterprises, creating and developing inclusive and equal routes for Migrant Women to participate in any space of the Irish labour market.
- PUBLIC CONVERSATION HUBS:
Every year, Mi-WOW runs four free and open to the public ‘Conversation Hubs’, divided between Leinster, Munster, and Connacht.
This is a space for Migrant Women and Migrant Descendant Women, HR staff and/or people involved in hiring processes to discuss, learn and exchange information about employment rights, the immigration system in Ireland and the importance of networking, as well as to generate an open, bi-directional, safe and respectful conversation on unconscious bias.
- RETURNING TO THE WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR MIGRANT WOMEN:
The ‘Returning to the Workforce Training’ is an 8-week blended learning programme aimed at preparing Migrant Women and Migrant Descendant Women to go back into the labour market. There is a total of four trainings per year. These are divided between Leinster, Munster, and Connacht.
This 8-week programme offers:
- IT Up-skilling: four sessions
- Communication skills for work: four sessions
- Foundation on the labour market: four sessions
- One-to-one guiding session for each participant: two sessions
- Follow up support after the training for a period of six months.
Who is eligible for this training?
If you are a Migrant Woman or a Migrant Descendant Woman living in Ireland and:
- You have the right to work in Ireland (even if part-time only);
- You are unemployed and/or studying;
- You are ready to get back to work and (re)launch your career; and
- You have an upper-intermediate level of English skills for work purposes.
Note: All Migrant Women or Migrant Descendant Women who fulfil the requirements set out above are welcomed to apply for the Mi-WOW ‘Returning to the Workforce Training’ but priority will be given to women who are not in receipt of social welfare payments OR who are not required to look for work under the requirements of the social welfare benefits they receive.
- HIRING FOR DIVERSITY TRAINING:
The ‘Hiring for Diversity Training’ is directed at HR staff and/or people involved in hiring processes so that together we can build bridges to overcome the barriers that Migrant Women and Migrant Descendant Women face in accessing the Irish labour market.
There are three sessions during the year, divided between Leinster, Munster, and Connacht.
For further information about Mi-WOW and to complete an entry assessment please contact us:
NCP Migrant Women - Opportunities for Work (Mi-WOW)