Employment foundations Volunteer

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Employment foundation volunteers help clients build a strong base of employment and job-related knowledge, so they can go into the job market with confidence and increased independence. Volunteers and clients work one-on-one to complete our structured employment foundations course.

Contact [email protected] for more information, otherwise visit our FAQ page.

My passion for many years has been to mentor and coach people. I love to learn and I believe in continuous growth to keep your skills fresh and your mind active.

Sabrina – advice and guidance volunteer


Skills Required:

  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent/native level of English
  • Knowledge of the UK job market
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Access to Zoom
  • Alignment with Breaking Barriers’ mission and values
  • Desirable: an additional language including Arabic, Ukrainian Farsi/Dari,
    Tigrinya, Amharic, Pashto.
  • We also ask that volunteers can provide two references.


  • The Commitment for this role is 2-4 1.5 hour session per month for a minimum commitment of 3-6 months

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Make a genuine impact on the lives of people from a refugee background
  • Training and support provided, related to refugees and employment practices.
  • Be part of a new, innovative charity which is developing all the time.


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We have a dedicated page to help answer any questions you might about volunteering in Birmingham, Greater Manchester, or London. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please contact [email protected].

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