Step Up


In 2015/16, 83 low-paid workers were supported to access better employment opportunities

Step Up (IRMO)Step Up is an initiative funded by Trust for London and the Walcot Foundation, which aims to tackle in-work poverty; helping low-paid workers increase their earnings and progress into better jobs.

One of the newest projects at IRMO, Step Up seeks to support over 100 Latin Americans trapped in low-paid and insecure jobs. Through tailored advice and support, training sessions and work placements, IRMO seeks to build on participants’ existing skills, experience and qualifications in order to improve their employment prospects.

Support may involve helping to improve the terms and conditions within participants’ current contracts, or helping them to move into a different sector. More specifically, participants will benefit from:

  • A one-to-one advanced mentoring programme for those with professional experience or qualifications from their country of origin that are trapped in low-paid jobs in the UK. 
  • Support to acquire a professional qualification in the construction sector (particularly for those that have experience of working in this sector in their country of origin), CV writing and job-searching, as well as access to study groups. 
  • Training on employment rights, unions and campaigning (delivered in partnership with Unite the Union) as well as support to organise and launch a  London Living Wage Campaign.

For more information or to enroll on one of the Step Up activities, please email If you have experience in mentoring, the construction and/or health and social care sectors, or employment rights, why not consider joining our volunteer team

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization