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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.
Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action (Employer Webinar)
Watch this webinar to learn more about the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year: getting started, who was at the table, practical strategies for refugee employment and how to strengthen private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.
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.
Our Immigrants, Our Strength (News Story)
Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.
The EU needs to view the refugee crisis as an opportunity.
These three women are set to open a community-funded catering company called Karam Kitchen.
“We were looking for talent anyway; why don’t we consider hiring people from Syria?”
A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.
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.
Australian entrepreneurs develop platform to help skilled refugees get experience in their preferred sector and companies benefit from their innovative thinking.
Mohammed Fakih is welcoming Syrian refugees the best way he knows how: by hiring them at Paramount Fine Foods restaurants across Ontario.
Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (Employer Success Story)
Based in Toronto, Canada, Nomz is a rapidly expanding business, selling nutritious and delicious snacks. Hire Immigrants spoke to founder Jana Al Zaibak about her experience leveraging refugee talent.
Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (Employer Success Story)
Entrepreneur Jana Al Zaibak credits her employees with her business success. They’re driven, contribute their expertise and ideas, and are passionate about their work. Another thing they have in common? They’re all refugees.
Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees (Employer Success Story)
The owners of Almond Bar restaurant are partnering up with local chefs, restaurant owners, and immigrant serving agencies in Sydney, Australia, to welcome Syrian newcomers with training and job opportunities.
Syrian refugees in Fredericton launched their very own business just months after arriving in Canada.
The Code to Refugee Employment (News Story)
Leave it to the high-tech startup community to tackle the issue of refugee employment in new, innovative ways.
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 Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.
Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)
A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.
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 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.
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.
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
“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.