Cultúr’s Upskilling Project

We are delighted to announce the second phase of our ‘UpSkilling Program,’ which will respond to high levels of demand on the current accredited upskilling training to empower 180 migrants through education and promote employability skills for 3 years. The programme is tailored to respond to labour market demand and targeted to provide training/support to migrants who are marginalised and at risk of falling through the gaps of mainstream support while addressing language barriers and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of migrants.

We are delighted to be recipients of the 2021-2024 Engage & Educate Fund from Mason Hayes & Curran LLP in partnership with Rethink Ireland.

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

We are delighted to announce the second phase of our ‘UpSkilling Program,’ which will respond to high levels of demand on the current accredited upskilling training to empower 180 migrants through education and promote employability skills for 3 years. The programme is tailored to respond to labour market demand and targeted to provide training/support to migrants who are marginalised and at risk of falling through the gaps of mainstream support while addressing language barriers and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of migrants.
Please see below to read testimonials from participants of the program:
Henrietta:
The course I did was the Security course. And the tutor was really nice and helpful. The classes were also very helpful. The training materials helped me understand how to report more clearly.
I am currently unable to find employment as I have a little child but the course will help me find valuable employment in the future.
This program is beneficial to migrants because it will help them find good employment. Thank you Cultur for creating this opportunity.
Aziz:
I came to Ireland a year ago for an international project. During my first few months in here, I was lost and had no hope for the future of what I wanted to do, until a friend told me about Cultur Migrant Centre. I got the organization’s contact number and I called and spoke to a lovely woman.
I asked her to help me build up a career in driving and security.  She enrolled me for Counterbalance, PPT, and a Reach Truck driver Licence at Dublin Airport Driving School,
The instructor and staff there were lovely people. Today, I am proud to say I am a driver and working in a warehouse.
Secondly, with the help Cultur gave me, I was able to do Security Course at SJ Security Training, which for me is one of the best training I’ve done. It improved my communication skills and personal development. This has had a very good impact on my success, enabling me to work in the security sector. I am so happy to say that I have a career in both Forklift Driving and Security personnel; training like this are a great start for migrants looking to familiarize themselves in a new country.
I am grateful to Cultur for everything they have done for me and I hope they will continue to help others like me.
                                                                        Bashir:
I was lucky enough to hear about Cultur’s UpSkilling training program and so, I
applied for the security course. I was immediately enrolled in the course after my conversation with a member of staff who gave me all the information I needed and assisted me before and during the training.
During my training, I was provided with the training material that we needed for
the course. I found the courses helpful, and I gained more knowledge through the training from the tutors to secure employment in the job that I want.
In my opinion, the program is very beneficial for migrants because it helps us gain more experience to succeed in life.
I would like to do more courses like social care etc. My biggest achievement so far is that I am doing exactly what I want at the moment.
I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to Cultur for their support and for providing this opportunity for me and all other migrants in Ireland.
Thanks again and in the future I will like to focus on Security and develop myself in Cyber Security.