Supporting refugees into employment - Refugee Council

Supporting refugees into employment

The Refugee Council has over 30 years’ experience in providing employment support to refugees to restart their careers and rebuild their lives in the UK.

Refugees face huge challenges in getting a job. Some fled war torn countries before they completed their education. Others are highly skilled professionals who are struggling to have their qualifications recognised in the UK. They all have so much to contribute but need a helping hand to understand the systems and working culture in the UK and become financially independent.

Our team of expert employment advisers understand the barriers to working in the UK. We work closely with refugees to develop an achievable plan to get back to work. We offer employment-preparation workshops, help with CVs and interview techniques.  We provide work experience opportunities and ultimately support people for as long as they need us to find a job that’s right for them.

In 2017/18


people found paid employment with our support


refugees benefitted from employment training


people were supported by our New Roots programme

New Roots is our specialist employment service for refugees. We recognise that everyone is an individual with different aspirations and challenges. We work closely with employers such as the NHS and Starbucks to identify the right candidates and fully support them in their chosen career.

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The project is part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.