Accessing the Skills of Refugee Professionals
Transitions is a specialist not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). We provide inclusive workforce services including social enterprise graduate and experienced talent acquisition services, positive action internships, Corporate Responsibility staff volunteering, information and advice services to employers & Professional Bodies in London and specialist career development services to our candidates. Our overall aim is to contribute to an equitable skilled jobs market, with particular reference to highly skilled refugees.
Our candidates are all professional people who have fled from war and situations of persecution in their home countries.
Refugees have the right to work in the UK without a work permit or a visa. 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 employer services include internships, recruitment, staff volunteering in 1-1 coaching of cross-cultural interview skills, staff training in diversity management, impartial, themed seminars on subjects including good practice in internships schemes, good practice in assessing transferable skills and qualifications from overseas and good practice in recruitment.
As a group, refugee professionals are likely to have higher levels of qualifications and skills than the UK population. Despite these skills and strong motivation to work, refugees are less successful in finding jobs: the employment rate for refugees in London is less than 30 per cent. ( Greater London Authority's 'London Enriched' document. Page 16)
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.