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[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment (Employer Success Story)

LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group, and considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. The Syrian refugee population represented an untapped talent pool, and LiUNA! responded to their specific needs through an innovative partnership with ACCES Employment to create a program that would meet labour market demands, while providing a pathway to employment for Syrian refugees.

Siemens and the City of Erlangen Tap Refugee Talent with Internship Program, Training both Newcomers and their Colleagues (Employer Success Story)

Engineering multinational Siemens piloted a training program for asylum seekers in a small German town. A triple win program, the initiative is being scaled from 10 to 100 placements across Germany.

What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.

The role of the private sector in alleviating the refugee crisis (News Story)

A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.

The Syrian who’s aiming to get refugees jobs in Berlin’s booming tech scene (News Story)

For English-speaking refugees, the IT sector can offer a shortcut into the labour market as many offices work internationally and don’t require employees to speak German.

New platform seeks to match skilled refugees with SA companies looking for new ideas (News Story)

Australian entrepreneurs develop platform to help skilled refugees get experience in their preferred sector and companies benefit from their innovative thinking.

Syrian refugees benefit from driving test in Arabic (News Story)

New Brunswick allows Arabic translators on road test to help ease transition for newcomers to province.

“The World Needs to See Leadership” says Guelph CEO and Refugee Champion (Article)

A Canadian CEO and entrepreneur donates $1 million to resettle 50 Syrian families, and is approaching the task as he would any business problem.

RBC provides $2.5 million in support of Syrian refugees and other newcomers arriving in Canada (News Story)

The funds will be used towards settlement, skills development, and employment readiness to assist in achieving successful social and economic integration.

Vancity to offer interest-free loans for upgrades to house Syrian refugees (News Story)

Vancity Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce (News Story)

Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.

Wind Mobile offering free phones, service to Syrian refugees (News Story)

Wind Mobile is teaming up with a local group to assist Syrian refugee families in their transition to life in Canada with free cell phones and service.

What business leaders are doing about the refugee crisis (News Story)

Finding themselves filling a non-traditional role, companies are responding with innovative ways to support newcomers.

Guelph businessman funds 50 Syrian refugee families (News Story)

Guelph entrepreneur Jim Estill is donating money to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families expected to begin arriving in Guelph over the next two months. His financial sponsorship could reach $1.5 million.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.

A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.