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Charities aim to create pathway for refugees into social care

Jonathan Freeman II

A partnership between Breaking Barriers and the CareTech Foundation aims to create a bespoke recruitment pathway for refugees into the social care sector and to influence the wider health and social care sector to support refugees into employment.

The partnership’s activities will include a bespoke recruitment pathway to support refugee clients into employment with social care providers, including CareTech PLC, a roundtable with stakeholders from across the care sector, a sector-specific best practice guide to engage the care sector and encourage them to take action for refugees and funding for Breaking Barriers’ employment programmes. Initially piloted in London, the programme will be scaled up nationally.

The partnership has been designed to be long-term and holistic and will support recruitment and retention for frontline jobs, as well as other services such as finance, medicine, HR, logistics, law and marketing. With sites across the UK, the aim is to scale this work up across the sector.

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Jonathan Freeman MBE, CEO of CareTech Foundation (pictured), said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Breaking Barriers to work together to create a powerful new employment pathway for refugees into the social care sector.

“We know that refugees often have the skills and values that would make them perfect for roles in social care, a sector with significant levels of vacancies. So, we very much see this partnership as a win-win for all involved, making sound business sense and delivering a powerful social impact.”

Matt Powell, CEO of Breaking Barriers, said: “Partnerships with businesses are integral to our impact at Breaking Barriers, and this is a win-win opportunity. Refugees will be able to bring their skills to many different roles in with social care providers, and the health and care sector will be able to fill vacancies and reduce turnover with diverse talent. Together with the CareTech Foundation, we look forward to unlocking the potential of refugees across the UK on a grand scale.”

 

 

 

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