Take on a career with purpose
At Focus Ireland, we’re a community of professionals driven by the belief that homelessness is wrong. From frontline services to fundraising to finance, we welcome your expertise to help us tackle one of society’s most challenging social issues. Join our vibrant, diverse team and play your part in our mission to end homelessness.
What is working with Focus Ireland like?
Great organisational culture
Surrounded by dedicated, talented colleagues, you’ll benefit from our warm and supportive work culture.
Challenging and fulfilling work
You’ll grow personally and professionally, knowing that you’re working to change society for the better.
Opportunities for progression and development
We are committed to developing our talent from within, supporting all employees to reach their career potential.
You will receive a competitive salary along with option to join our attractive pension scheme, and family leave top-ups.
Generous annual leave
You will have the time to do the things you love outside of work with 28 days of paid leave.
Your wellbeing is a priority to us. We offer hybrid working and flexible working hours.
A career that grows with you
The breadth of our work across the country opens the door to a rich and varied career with Focus Ireland.
As a social care worker, we encourage you to transfer between our services – including youth, family and residential services – to broaden your development and support your progression.
We believe in continuous professional development and encourage our employees to challenge themselves through training and development opportunities.
A charity with integrity
When you join Focus Ireland, you join an organisation with strong principles that we live by in our work every day.
Our founder, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, remains a core part of the organisation – she sits on our board and serves as our Life President. Our voluntary Board of Directors guide our governance and ensure we are transparent and accountable in everything we do.
“I love my job – it’s challenging and I’m always learning. One of the things that means the most to me is that our values are at the core of our work with our customers. This means we are always striving in the right way to improve things for them.”
Nicola Stewart, Assistant Project Leader, Focus Ireland Family Centre
Kick-start your future now with Focus Ireland’s Graduate Programme
Apply now for the 2023/2024 Programme. Closing date Friday 3rd March 2023
Our Graduate Programme offers a unique opportunity to work in one of our projects in Dublin, Limerick, Cork or Waterford. This programme is designed to enable you to build the skills and experience you need to carve out a long-term career path with Focus Ireland. We offer graduates the opportunity to work in a psychologically informed environment with highly experienced professionals, avail of best-in-class training, one-to-one mentoring and continuous support for your development.
What we offer
- Invaluable experience for final-year students of the following degrees: Sociology, Youth Work, Psychology, Social Care, Social Science, Social Work, Community Development
- Experience in a psychologically informed organisation
- Opportunities to sharpen your skill set with our best-in-class training suite
- Professional development with the opportunity of progression at the end of the Graduate Programme
- Mentorship and professional supervision
Your training path with Focus Ireland
- A unique 12-month training programme and practical work experience in the homeless sector
- A broad range of core training for all graduates from Therapeutic Crisis Intervention to Child Protection
- Training provided by experts in the field
- Targeted coaching, and mentorship
- In-house support and on-the-job training
Why join Focus Ireland’s Graduate Programme
Practical experience with one-to-one customer interaction
Get a taste of what Focus Ireland is all about – work alongside our experienced key workers to assist them in a structured and planned manner with managing caseloads. This includes referral management, assessments, sourcing accommodation and identifying move-on options.
Extensive training through a tailored graduate learning and development programme
We aim to equip our graduates with the right skills and attributes to enable them to carve out a long-term career path with Focus Ireland. Train alongside top professionals to build your skillset and gain invaluable experience.
Mentorship and professional supervision
Focus Ireland is committed to developing our graduates through mentorship and professional supervision to allow you to advance your career and strengthen your leadership skills.
How to apply
Focus Ireland’s Graduate Programme 2023-2024 is now closed for applications.
Hear from previous graduates
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our people have to say:
Conor Roe, Project Leader: Coffee Shop - Graduate Programme 2012/2013
“The graduate programme ticked every box, bringing theory to practice. The programme was a seminal year in my life.
Working as part of a team, my thoughts and opinions were always valued. The extensive training plan allowed me to feel suitably prepared and confident throughout the year. I do not think it is any surprise that I am still working in the agency, in a management position, due to its dynamic and supportive environment.
Each morning I get to wake up and try to make the world a slightly better place, by supporting the most vulnerable, and this would not have been possible if I hadn’t completed the graduate programme.”
Nicola Stewart, Project Leader: Advice and Information - Graduate Programme 2011/2012
“I have learned from many amazing and talented colleagues who really make this a great place to work, and care so much about our customers. I am now working in a management position in the organisation, and I can say I very much love my job – it’s challenging and I’m still always learning. One of the things that means the most to me is that our values are at the core of our work with our customers, and this means we are always striving in the right way to improve things for them.”
Jamie Branigan, Project Worker: Stanhope Green - Graduate Programme 2020/2021
“I had a supervisor who welcomed me and reassured me if there was anything I needed, no matter how big or small to ask. For me, my supervisor played a big role in making me comfortable in those first few months.
I would ask so many questions, and someone on the team always had an answer to give. I was always reassured no question is stupid and to keep asking.”
Aoife O’Hara, Aylward Green & Family Homeless Action Team - Graduate Programme 2021/2022
“As a mature student graduate, I had some reservations about applying for the programme, but them feeling disappeared the minute I started. From the moment I started I found the teams to be so welcoming, friendly, supportive. They want you to have the best experience. I am gaining hands-on practical experience that will be invaluable when I finish the programme.”
Daniel Korolev, South Dublin Aftercare - Graduate Programme 2021/2022
“A particular highlight for me was the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Framework training, which taught me so much about how to approach working with people with trauma and going through crisis.”
Reflecting your skills and interests, your graduate placement will take place in one of our services around the country:
Prevention and housing advice
Prevention services are key to solving the current crisis of families becoming homeless in Ireland. It is more effective to prevent a family from becoming homeless in the first place than to work with a family experiencing homelessness to secure accommodation.
Our family prevention and case management services help families throughout Ireland. We assess the needs of the family and access appropriate housing in the shortest time possible. Additional supports limit the disruption and harm for the children and minimise the risk of the family returning to homelessness.
We deliver programmes specifically tailored for at-risk young people, particularly those leaving State Care. Services include prevention, emergency accommodation, project work, casework, back-to-education, training and apprenticeships.
Housing: short- and long-term
We provide housing to people at risk of homelessness who need long-term support so they can have and keep a home.