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29 Mar 2022

UK companies join scheme helping Ukrainian refugees find jobs

UK companies join scheme helping Ukrainian refugees find jobs

Each business will help 50 people who have fled the war to learn English and receive resettlement support or provide training and further help for refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK. 

PwC, Portman Dental Group and recruiters FDM and PageGroup are among companies that have signed up to a scheme that will sponsor hundreds of Ukrainian refugees seeking employment in the UK. 

British entrepreneur Emma Sinclair created this support and said there was "an overwhelming desire to help refugees resettle and have meaningful lives, finding employment commensurate with experience."

More and more companies are signing up to help. These companies are in talks to help provide employment opportunities for people fleeing the crisis in Ukraine who have already qualified for visa or asylum in the UK under the government's existing programme. 

Organisers are trying to identify jobs that correspond to the skills and experience of the refugees so those already trained in skilled professions such as healthcare and engineering will be able to stay in relevant roles. 

Kevin Ellis, Chair and Senior Partner at PwC, said a "profession is part of someone's identity - we want to use our strengths as a training business to support refugees into the right work for them".

Many sectors in the UK labour market are facing a lack of suitable workers. PageGroup chief executive Steve Ingham said the scheme would "provide talent to UK businesses that are crying out for skilled employees as well as break down entry barriers to employment for the Ukrainian refugees."

The AA and WHSmith have also agreed to support resettlement and reskilling. The AA will give free driving lessons to Ukrainian refugees while WHSmith said it would support employees with supplies if they are hosting refugees.

Carl Cowling, chief executive of WHSmith, said its staff would receive a £100 voucher to buy books and stationary and the company would try to find employment for refugees. 

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