Untapped skills resource among refugees is finally being addressed.
The not-for-profit, industry-led initiative called Level Up involves identifying highly motivated candidates, providing them with free online training and introducing them to potential employers.
‘We believe there are many refugees who could make a positive contribution to the skills shortage in Ireland’
– JOHN DENNEHY
“There are not enough IT professionals in most countries to meet the rising demand,” said Zartis CEO John Dennehy in a post on Medium.
“Ireland is no exception. Helping an asylum seeker or refugee enter the tech sector will help local companies grow, help our economy grow, and greatly benefit the individual’s social and economic integration.”
The firms will begin by offering two scholarships with the Digital Marketing Institute for a professional diploma in digital marketing worth €1,750 each.
The course – which includes key specialisms such as mobile and social media marketing – will be delivered entirely online, so candidates can be based anywhere in Ireland.
On completion, Zartis will work with candidates to improve their interview skills and introduce them to potential employers.
Level Up is funded and operated on a voluntary basis by Zartis employees.
“We believe there are many refugees who could make a positive contribution to the skills shortage in Ireland,” Dennehy said.