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Matching refugee skills to shortages


As Personnel Today launches a new campaign to persuade the government to make it easier for employers to recruit refugees, they are reporting on initiatives being taken to carry out skills audits on people seeking asylum.

In Glasgow, the city council is carrying out an audit on refugees and asylum seekers in the city to ‘make their employment easier and more appropriate.’ The council hopes to fill skills shortages in teaching, medicine and construction.

Earlier this year the National Organisation for Adult Learning conducted a refugee skills survey in Leicester, finding that 85% had qualifications ranging from O-levels to degree equivalents.

The British Medical association (BMA) and the Refugee Council are reported to be working together to build a database of refugee doctors’ skills and availability for work.

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