Refugees offer a wealth of experience to the UK construction industry. So how can employers and refugee workers make the most of their skills?
Construction firms can access a range of benefits by welcoming refugees into their workforce. But the building industry also offers rewarding careers to refugee workers themselves, providing the opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills and contribute to major infrastructure projects.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the advantages of placing refugees in construction jobs – and the things employers need to consider…
The term “refugee status” is often misused, potentially making it tricky for businesses to understand what it really means. Simply put, a refugee is a person who has fled their home country because of persecution or severe danger.
They’re given permission to live and work in the UK if they make a successful claim for asylum. As long as a person is officially classed as a refugee, they’re not restricted in the type of work they can do.
Find out more about what you need to apply for a construction job if you are a refugee and how it has already benefitted hundreds around the UK.
Refugees have a special immigration status. Unlike asylum seekers, they have permission to work in the UK for an initial five years. And unlike economic migrants, they don’t need to prove they have certain skills by going through a points-based system.
When employing a refugee, employers need to check:
For further information on hiring refugee workers, the Government's website has helpful information and advice.
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