The war in Ukraine and the ensuing refugee crisis has focused people’s minds on what can be done to support all refugees from around the world that come to the UK seeking sanctuary.
Businesses can be at the forefront of efforts to support people in dire straits, including through:
Therefore, we are asking businesses in Buckinghamshire: what help can you provide for refugees who come to the county?
Please take a moment to fill out this quick online form, explaining what support you may be able to provide to refugees.
The Right to Work
When an individual is granted refugee status, they are issued with a biometric residence permit (BRP), which grants the individual the right to work, run a business, and more.
Employers are required to check a refugee's biometric residence permit and complete an online ‘right to work’ check.
Comparing international qualifications with their UK equivalents
NARIC UK can help employers compare international qualifications from over 200 countries with the equivalent levels of UK qualifications, and help to authenticate these qualifications.
Wycombe Refugees is a charity that people can get involved with, including to help refugees put together a good CV, look for jobs and help them apply.
We are working closely with Buckinghamshire Council and partners to support refugees who are finding a home in the county.
Are you planning to act as a host for a Ukrainian individual or family, via the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme?
Can we at Buckinghamshire Business First help you find a job for your guest when the time is right?
If so, contact John Browning, Workforce Skills Manager, via John.Browning@BucksSkillsHub.org or on 01296 798774.
The website jobsforukraine.net is collating academic, scientific, arts, professional and freelance work opportunities that are currently available for people fleeing war.
Companies can advertise their vacancies here >
Those able to provide work or other assistance for the arts community affected by war in Ukraine can do so here >
University/research institutions and labs with open positions for Ukrainian scientists/researchers can post them here >
City of Sanctuary UK is a support network for refugees across the country. As they explain: "Hosting is a significant commitment, and we urge people to properly reflect on their ability to take on such a responsibility."
They list some practical questions people can ask themselves before undertaking to house refugees, concerning finances, housing, practicalities and emotional support.
Citizens Advice also provides information on hosting Ukrainian refugees.