We believe that everyone is entitled to the same opportunites, regardless of where they come from. Refugees flee to the UK in fear; they flee from persecution; they flee from unimaginable suffering; they flee from war. By offering refugees the same opportunties as everyone else, we can empower them rebuild their lives. Refugees lived once, together we can help them live again.
We offer a holistic service designed to make sure that refugees can find meaningful employment that is commensurate with their skills, experience and qualifications. By doing so we help their successful settlement in, and integration with, local communities.
In 2013, the UK was home to 120,000 refugees and there are 20,000 new applications every year for refugee status. Although these refugees have higher levels of education, skills and qualifications than the UK average, an eagerness to work and are mostly of working age, unemployment levels in refugee communities remain above 50%, compared to 6% for the national average.
This is due to a number of refugee-specific barriers that prevent them from finding employment:
The resulting endemic unemployment levels mean that refugees:
The situation is self-perpetuating. As refugees struggle to get their foot on the first step of the ladder and find relevant British work experience, societal pressures and discrimination increase, making the task ever harder.
We help to break this vicious circle. We work with refugees, businesses and throughout society to educate and provide support at all stages.
We’ve received funding from the European Social Fund and London Councils to help hundreds of refugees like Simi rebuild their lives through training and employment. In August this year, 18-year-old Simi was homeless – awaiting official refugee status from the Home Office – and struggling to find stability in London. “Housing is the biggest problem,”… read more