“We gained a first-class civil engineer employee as a result of Transitions. The internship and intern was above our expectations.. The refugee community offers a good untapped market.“
Dawn Barker, Head of HR, Crossrail
Accessing the Skills of Refugee Professionals
Transitions is a specialist, collaborative, not-for-profit careers and employment service in London. Our candidates are highly skilled people with refugee backgrounds, mostly engineers, finance and administration and international development professionals. We are funded by Grants and by social enterprise services to Corporates.
We specialise in supporting refugee engineers, accountants and administrators and people with expertise in the international development sector. We are non-competitive and collaborative and always refer candidates and employers to other specialist refugee supporting organisations where they exist, for example, we refer refugee health professionals to other organisations for assistance.
Our overall aim is to contribute to an equitable skilled jobs market, with particular reference to highly skilled refugees in London.
We believe in corporate responsibility, social enterprise and collaboration. We are a regulated not-for-profit Community Interest Company and are keen to see Statutory Services increase for refugees and to deliver partnership services for those Statutory Bodies along with other refugee supporting organisations. We work in London, engaging with responsible employers and with professional bodies, providing quality, impartial, indepth careers support services to candidates, collaborating with other refugee supporting organisations, empowering our candidates to speak for themselves directly to decision-makers.
We provide inclusive workforce services including indepth, free, 1-1 Careers Support Services for candidates, social enterprise graduate and experienced talent acquisition services, positive action internships, Corporate Responsibility staff volunteering and information and advice services to employers & Professional Bodies in London.
Refugees have the right to work in the UK without a work permit or a visa. They have a Refugee Status biometric ID card and a UK National Insurance number, both giving them full permission to work in any job. Many employers and recruitment consultants are not aware of this. Refugees are fully entitled to work and should not be treated as part of the points based system.
Our employers are good employers who know the bottom line value to their organisation of effective diversity management. Refugee professionals have skills. Employers have jobs to fill with the best candidates. Ensuring that these candidates are included, rather than excluded, in the competitive recruitment mix is good for corporate aims and objectives and vice versa.
Our candidates are professional people who have been forced to migrate because of the dangerous situations in their home country: including accountants, community workers, environmentalists, graphic designers, aid and international development and human rights professionals, lawyers, scientists and statisticians. They come from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Sudan and Zimbabwe. All Transitions clients are forced migrants (the Home Office term is Refugee).
All Candidates have full permission to work (with a national insurance number) already and do not require a visa. All are graduates. Many have re-qualified (if necessary) in the UK and many have international work experience. All Transitions candidates must possess advanced English language skills and are multilingual.