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Employment Support and Training

Despite the fact that many refugees have qualifications from their home countries, they often find themselves in low-paid jobs and with barriers to employment. Suffolk Refugee Support recognises the importance of training schemes to enhance the skills of its service users and give them the chance to fulfil their potential in the workplace. We help people with the right to work in the UK to apply for jobs and training courses. We also work with asylum seekers to support them in obtaining volunteer placements or education to help with their wellbeing and future life goals.

As well as supporting clients with employment related issues through our drop-in Advice Service, we also have a specialist Employment and Training Support Worker. Clients have the opportunity to learn how to write a CV, apply for jobs and practice interview techniques. The scheme includes referring clients to external courses and training designed to give the necessary skills for work. We also work with local businesses and charities to help our clients access relevant work experience to improve their job prospects. Placements have included Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils, Credit Union, Ipswich Furniture Project and BT.

Opportunity Suffolk

Suffolk Refugee Support is also part of Opportunity Suffolk, a partnership of 10 organisations set up with the aim of creating and opening up opportunities to help individuals overcome barriers to work.

This project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Through this programme we offer tailored support for those who have been long-term unemployed. We also run ESOL for Employment courses to help give individuals a better understanding of seeking employment in the UK and the UK employment system.

If you would like to refer someone, are interested in volunteering on this programme, or your business has placements to offer, please contact Jodi Peck: jpeck@suffolkrefugee.org.uk

To find out more about Opportunity Suffolk and our partner organisations click here.