We are currently seeking proposals from suitably qualified Trainers to develop and deliver a training programme which supports the social inclusion of asylum seekers/refugees who have been approved for refugee status and have recently left, or are about to leave, the direct provision system.

The overall aim of the Programme will be:

  • To support individuals to achieve an effective and successful transition from direct provision to independent living

This will be achieved by delivering a training programme covering the following topics:

  • Welfare rights and entitlements
  • Accessing housing
  • Education and lifelong learning provision
  • Getting involved in your local community
  • Understanding the labour market
  • Job seeking skills
  • Building confidence and realising your existing skills and knowledge

It is anticipated that the programme will:

  • Be delivered with a maximum of 15 participants over a 6 week period, with 2 half day sessions taking place each week.
  • Include a one-to-one session with each participant at the start of the programme so that the tutor can establish the needs of the group and tailor programme content accordingly.
  • Incorporate visits to relevant service providers, such as education providers, employment support agencies, community organisations etc.

At the end of the Programme, it is expected that participants will have:

  • Greater knowledge and understanding of where and how to access housing and housing supports, education and training provision, welfare supports, job-seeking supports
  • Established new social connections and/or know how and where to make connections in their community
  • A greater awareness and confidence in their own skills, knowledge, capacities and resources

Further details are included in the attached Request for Tender.

Closing date for receipt of proposals is 12 noon, 25th August 2017.  Joint submissions from different organisations/trainers will be welcome.

This Programme is funded by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017.  SICAP is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

PAUL Partnership RFT Transition to Independent Living Training Programme ToR