We are pleased to launch an Employability Panel of trusted, specialist organisations who may be able to assist our beneficiaries to find meaningful, skills-related employment.

If you would like to consider accessing their services, please read more about them below and make contact direct through their web links or email addresses. PoC’s role is to facilitate access to these organisations and it will be for our beneficiaries and the organisations themselves to explore what services may be possible and of use.

We are very grateful to the following founding members of the panel:

Breaking Barriers – Breaking Barriers supports refugees to rebuild their lives through meaningful job, training and education opportunities. We offer intensive, personalised one-to-one employment support to work on CV and cover letter writing, job, university or funding applications and interview techniques, as well as access to work placements and permanent roles in a variety of sectors. Through our Education and Prospects programmes we also provide English and IT courses as well as employability workshops delivered by our corporate partners. Breaking Barriers works across all boroughs of Greater London with people with refugee status, family reunion, discretionary leave to remain, or humanitarian protection as well as non-EU victims of trafficking and asylum seekers with the right to work. For more information please contact Hannah-Rivkah Martin-Thomas on 07908 801286 or h-r.martin-thomas@breaking-barriers.co.uk.

Refugee Council The Refugee Council has a long history of providing specialist integration and employment support to refugees in the UK.  We understand the often complex barriers individuals experience when trying to access employment or reconnect with previous careers.  Our team of expert employment advisers offer a personalised approach and work closely with individuals to develop achievable plans to get back to work. We offer employment-preparation workshops, help with CVs and interview techniques.  We provide work experience opportunities and ultimately support people for as long as they need us to find a job that’s right for them.  We currently offer a range of employment support services across London, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Hertfordshire.  For more information please contact us on 02073461047 or email rij@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Transitions – Transitions is a small, specialist employment service in London,  providing a structured service to assist refugee Engineers, Architects and Business Services candidates living in London to restart their interrupted careers.  We can’t promise employment success though around 50% of our candidates do succeed.  At the least,  we assist people to rebuild their professional networks,  ensure they are aware of the skills and standards required for their UK job area and engage with their UK professional bodies.  Our core service is a 3-6 month paid,  structured Returner Placement.  We also provide 1-1 information, advice and guidance, group workshops with employers and good practice seminars. At the moment we only support candidates living in London. To contact us, email either Sheila Heard or Vicky Johnson at enquiries@transitions-london.co.uk or telephone 020 86424431 or drop us a line on the LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook accounts.

PoC is keen to increase coverage across the United Kingdom and would welcome suggestions for new panel members. If you have any ideas or would like to seek further information on the panel please email info@prisonersofconscience.org.