In collaboration with the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth, we devised and ran a nationally accredited community work course for 22 migrant participants in 2009. We feel that as a national organisation concerned with equality we have a responsibility to create avenues for migrants themselves to become professional community workers. The participants included seven MRCI activists as well as other non-EU immigrants who were already involved with ethnic minority groups or community organisations around the country, either as employees or on a voluntary basis.
The 22 holders of the Certificate in Community Work can progress to professional degree level studies. Three of the MRCI migrant activists who completed the course subsequently became members of our board. Several participants gained employment in a social justice organisation. The Certificate in Community Work has been replicated across the country by other organisations.