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The Refugee Employability Programme provides tailored support to refugees who are looking to gain meaningful employment and to help them settle into life across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Support for refugees

Receive personalised assistance from your dedicated caseworker to enhance your English skills and discover employment opportunities. The Refugee Employability Programme is available to assist you in securing work by providing specialised, locally-focused support designed exclusively for your needs.

Support for referral organisations

We offer individualised assistance and a customised learning roadmap led by a committed caseworker, aimed at helping refugees enhance their English proficiency and receive guidance in their job search. Through collaboration with Migrant Help, specialised support is being extended to refugees seeking employment opportunities in Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Support for employers

Our assistance involves addressing skill shortages within your company by connecting you with skilled and promising candidates for your vacant positions. We collaborate closely with your business to determine the specific skill gaps and facilitate the recruitment process to fulfil those roles effectively.

Looking to volunteer

We are actively seeking volunteers to play a crucial role in our program, assisting refugees in their journey to rebuild their lives, attain employment, and seamlessly integrate into our communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Refugee Employability Programme is a specialised program designed to support refugees in acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to enter and succeed in the job market of their host country. 

The program aims to enhance your employability by providing job training, language classes, career counselling, and networking opportunities. It equips you with the tools and support needed to find meaningful employment and integrate into your new community. 

The maximum duration of the program is 18 months for an individual service user, and this is made up of phone calls and face to face meetings.  

While specific requirements may vary, the program welcomes refugees who meet the eligibility criteria and have legal status.  

The program typically offers a range of training opportunities, including vocational skills training, job-specific workshops, CV writing, interview preparation, and soft skills development. It aims to address the specific needs and demands of the local job market. 

Absolutely. Language acquisition is often a crucial aspect of employability. The programme may offer language classes or refer you to language learning resources to improve your language skills and enhance your communication abilities in the local language. 

While financial support may not be a core component of the program, we will make sure that you are never out of pocket attending appointments or interviews and this is a conversation you can have with your employment advisor. 

Yes, the program provides job placement support and assists you in accessing job opportunities. They may collaborate with local employers, connect you with job fairs, or offer job placement services to increase your chances of finding suitable employment. 

Yes, once an asylum seeker is granted their refugee status with permission to stay, they will be issued a Biometric Card from the Home Office, and this can be used as proof as their right to work document.

A refugee can apply for any job that matches their skills and/or the direction that they would like to take.

The Geneva Convention on refugees and its subsequent Protocol entitles refugees to international protection, most importantly the right not to be returned to their home countries.

According to UNHCR statistics, as of November 2022 there were 231,597 refugees, 127,421 pending asylum cases and 5,483 stateless persons in the UK. There has been a large increase due to the war in Ukraine.

There are many invaluable ways in which employers can support refugees (apart from offering employment itself). These can include professional mentoring, work placements and pre-employment training.

A refugee is an individual who has had their refugee application granted because they cannot or are unwilling to return there due to well-founded fear of persecution. Alternatively, an asylum seeker is an individual who is seeking asylum in a country because they need international protection from dangers in their home country, but whose claim for refugee status hasn't been determined legally. Asylum seekers must apply for protection in the country of destination, meaning that they must arrive at or cross a border to apply. 

A refugee is an individual who has had their refugee application granted because they cannot or are unwilling to return there due to well-founded fear of persecution. A migrant is someone who has moved to another country for other reasons, such as to find work. 


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For more information about how we can support you, get in touch with our team.

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