Refugee Employability Programme

Refugee Employability Programme
Refugee Employment Programme

If you are a refugee, finding a job and settling into your community is very important. We know that it can be difficult to start, that’s why we’re here to help.

Do you live in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith, Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington, Chelsea or Westminster? If so, you may be eligible to receive support from the Refugee Employability Programme.

What is the Refugee Employability Programme (REP)?

REP is a Home Office initiative specific to the needs of refugees, providing the support you need to find work and build a life for yourself in England.

To be eligible for REP you must be:

• 18 years old or over
• younger than 66 (State Pension age)
• out of full-time education or employment
• actively seeking work
• able to work without any illness or disability
• classified as having arrived in the UK under UKRS, ACRS, ARAP
• community Sponsorship Scheme and mandate resettlement schemes
• granted Refugee Permission to Stay, or arrived under Refugee Family Reunion, with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Leave to Remain with a pathway to settlement

How does the REP work?

Once accepted onto the programme you will be allocated a Case Manager to assess your needs and work with you to develop a tailored plan. The Case Manager will review your progress regularly to ensure you are getting the most from the service.

There are three main types of support provided:

1. Employability support

This ensures an appropriate level of support is provided for you to build your skills and talent and access sustainable local work. This includes:

• identifying the right jobs to apply for
• creating a CV
• job searching in the right places
• learning new skills through training
• accessing work experience opportunities
• finding out more about local work culture
• develop digital inclusion skills
• accessing funding for training or travel to appointments (up to a specified limit)
• improving money management skills
• submitting job applications
• practising for job interviews

2. English language support

Language skills are integral to employability and a refugee’s wider integration journey.

For those eligible, not accessing other available mainstream provision, the REP provides English Language classes, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), invitations to formal and informal conversation clubs and lessons to support learning capacity such as literacy.

3. Integration support

The REP can help you to integrate and settle into your local communities by signposting you to services such as:

• community groups
• healthcare, including GPs, dentists and mental health support
• childcare
• housing support

If you are interested in joining REP or know someone who would benefit from the support provided, please click on the relevant link below.

Refugee Employability Programme is delivered by Shaw Trust on behalf of Reed in Partnership.  

Partners: Shaw Trust, Reed Partnership, Funded by UK Government

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