Enhancing Employability through positive interventions for increasing career potential (EEPIC)


The Ballymun Job Centre, and the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research Unit at Maynooth University, are conducting research on the implementation and effectiveness of Irelands labour activation policy, Pathways to Work.

The research focuses on its effectiveness in assisting jobseekers to overcome the negative psychological impact of unemployment, whilst also enhancing their employment opportunities, building career efficacy and improving overall wellbeing.

This research is funded by the Irish Research Council through their Employment Based Programme.

The study utilises a mixed methods/multi-strategy design, including a randomised controlled trial, and aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a high support career guidance intervention (EEPIC) on the well-being, hopefulness, self-efficacy and employability of the long term unemployed.

The research also appraises perceptions of the policy and its implementation, exploring the experiences of a range of stakeholders from those using the services, service providers, policy makers and other policy stakeholders. The capacity of labour activation models to regulate the negative impact of unemployment on well-being and increase the sustainable employability of job seekers will be explored.

If you would like to find out more about this Reserch project you can contact us by email:

Contact: Nuala Whelan here: nuala.whelan.2014@mumail.ie

Completed Research

The National Centre for Guidance in Education published an article by Dr Nuala Whelan in the Winter issue of their publication ‘Guidance Matters’. Nuala was until recently the Assistant Manager in the BJC. While working in the BJC she participated in a part-time PhD with the support of the BJC, Irish Research Council and Maynooth University. The article is based on the finding of her PhD research carried out with clients of the BJC.

Download the Article here