Jobcentre staff to get training to help refugees into work

The Government is to offer Jobcentre Plus staff training on how to best help refugees looking for work.

Jane Kennedy, minister of state for work at the Department for Work and Pensions, made the announcement at the World at Work conference held by the Employability Forum, which advises the Government on refugee policy.

She said that the ‘refugee operational framework’, to be launched next month, would help staff understand more about refugees and how to support them through English language projects and understanding the labour market.

“It can take some refugees a long time to find that first job,” Kennedy said. “Most refugees want to contribute positively to the economy and to British life – we need to help to do.

“A proper welcome means showing an interest and making sure that they feel comfortable and being taken seriously and know they will be given help if they need it.”

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