Access refugee support in London
Advice & Guidance
We will provide you with on-going support to help you to achieve your career aspirations. We can help you in a number of areas, including:
- How to search for jobs in your preferred areas.
- Preparing a CV.
- Interview practice.
- Familiarisation with workplace culture and performance expectations.
- Communication and presentation skills.
Wherever possible, we will provide you with specialist advice about the industry you are looking to work in.
Free English Courses
We will provide you with the language skills you need to find the employment or education you want.
We offer a number of different courses: Business English, Preparing for IELTS, English for Work (lower intermediate students) and Elementary English. We also run a three-day intensive Customer Services English course, designed to help those hoping to find a job in retail, hospitality or aftersales support.
We pay a contribution to travel expenses to help you access the classes.
Confidence in the workplace
We run a number of workshops and training sessions with the businesses that we work with. They run and deliver workshops that will help you develop new skills and transfer existing skills to the UK labour market.
Courses include: Introduction to the UK labour market, interview workshop, written communication skills, presentation skills, IT training.
Preparing to work in the UK
We work in partnership with businesses to develop alternative recruitment routes just for refugees. This could be in the form of placements, apprenticeships or permanent job opportunities.
We have supported clients into a range of different roles from a number of different businesses, including: IKEA, Thomson Reuters, Mayer Brown and Mishcon de Reya.
Some of the positions that we have developed with our partners include: Administrative assistant, paralegal, customer service assistant, catering assistant.
We believe that everyone is entitled to the same opportunities, regardless of where they come from. We offer a holistic service designed to improve your chances of finding meaningful employment that utilises your skills, experience and qualifications from your countries of origin.
What our clients think of our services...
Team Administrator | Wholegrain Digital
"I was part of the Mayer Brown workshops and the experience this gave me is credit to where I am today. It gave me an insight into how an organisation works, what they are looking for in applicants and how to stand out. This experience really gave me confidence and was very unique. I haven’t come across another organisation that offers that service to refugees."
IKEA | Kitchen Designer
"Other organisations had seminars and meetings which I did not find very useful. In a critical situation for people who come to this country, we just want to find a job. With the help of Breaking Barriers I am progressing professionally so I can strive for an even better job. Your organisation is to the point, and it is really great."
Paralegal | Mischon de Reya
“I cannot describe how getting my first paid job in London changed me. I felt like I am a new person, Breaking Barriers helped me to regain my confidence and showed me that I am capable of success in London and restored the trust in people and charities’ work.”