Yorkshire pilot scheme helps refugees into jobs

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. A scheme that will provide skilled refugees with a detailed employment fileto help them to secure jobs is being developed by the Yorkshire and HumbersideAsylum Consortium. Under the scheme refugees will be helped to compile a personal portfolio to showpotential employers. It will contain details of qualifications gained in their home country,courses attended while in the UK, permission to work and possibly a referencefrom their accommodation provider. Liz Westmorland, asylum services manager for Yorkshire and Humberside AsylumConsortium, hopes the initiative will help address local skills shortages. She said, “Generally, there tends to be a high proportion ofprofessional people who seek and get refugee status. By and large they rarelyget a job to match their earlier skills and qualifications. They generally endup going into levels of work below their experience and qualifications fromtheir home countries.” The pilot scheme will begin in late autumn and refugees will be responsiblefor collating and presenting information appropriate for their employment. Theblank portfolios will be kept by accommodation providers and distributed aspart of the induction pack. The portfolio is likely to be a folder, but it could be developedelectronically and may also include health records. Paul Cosgrove, senior personnel officer for Rotherham Metropolitan BoroughCouncil, welcomed the initiative. He said, “Such an initiative would streamline the process and make itmore feasible for employers, including local authorities, to open upopportunities to all members of the community including those asylum-seekerswho are able to work. www.leeds.gov.ukBy Katie Hawkins Minister studies aims of Personnel TodayHome Office immigration minister Lord Rooker has told Personnel Today thathe is keen to study the aims of the Refugees in Employment campaign in moredetail and will give the magazine his full response.The minister was responding to the magazine’s open letter sent to him lastweek which set out our four campaign goals. He has promised to give Personnel Todaya full interview in the next month.”The minister has received the letter and is keen to study thecampaign’s aims in more detail and give it his full and consideredresponse,” said a spokesman for his office.If you have questions for the minister or comments on our campaign,e-mail: [email protected]: 020-8652 8805 Post: Personnel Today, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton,Surrey SM2 5AS Previous Article Next Article Yorkshire pilot scheme helps refugees into jobsOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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