Cultúr’s Upskilling Project seeks to assist migrants and ethnic communities who have lost their jobs or are re-evaluating their employment opportunities as a result of COVID-19 to upskill and improve their employability in these challenging times.


Migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees possess diverse perspectives and a wide range of skills that would benefit any employer. However, they face many challenges in gaining access to the labour market because of language barriers, low levels of economic participation, mismatch of skills and extended periods of unemployment due to their migration journey. The UpSkilling Project will provide training and supports to migrant and ethnic minorities who are marginalised and do not seek other general employment supports. The project will support 60 migrants to develop specific skills to meet gaps in the local employment market and re-orient participants from former employment roles to in demand opportunities. This will be done by facilitating participants to undergo vocational bridging courses that are accredited by various industries and by providing online work skills programmes and a comprehensive life skills employability programme. Migrants are resilient, adaptable and dynamic which are characteristics that will help them succeed in an era of rapid change with the assistance of the UpSkilling project.

This project is funded by Rethink Ireland