There are 10,000 refugees living in Wales and 4 in 5 of those are currently unemployed. They are keen to integrate in to the local community and make a contribution, but face some significant barriers in finding a job. Many are highly qualified, but as neither English nor Welsh is their first language, it can be harder to find work. Business in the Community have joined up with Oxfam Cymru to help support female refugees by developing their employability skills.
15 civil servants from the Intellectual Property Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Transport have recently been trained as job coaches for female refugees in Wales. The training was delivered by Richard Hill from Civil Service Local who said
It's great to be able to help those on the fringes of society. Civil servants working together is an added bonus. I know we will be able to help the women get nearer to their goal of employment.
Civil service volunteers can make a real difference in helping vulnerable people and this project is the start of a series of initiatives by Civil Service Local in Wales. If you would like to find out more about volunteering send Richard an email to get more information.