Fast Track to Employment Programme

For refugees and Migrants

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Our Fast Track to Employment programme facilitates and accelerates social and economic integration

Our Fast Track to Employment for Refugees and Migrants Programme provides English language training with the aim of facilitating and accelerating social and economic integration. We work on building bridges between employers, communities and refugees through innovative approaches to language instruction, vocational training and assistance with job placements.

The Programme delivers innovative, live, online English language training. Completed within a short timeframe, the tuition is complemented by work placements which provide on-the-job experience that enable refugees to understand and communicate proficiently in English before they begin their new careers.

With the support of the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy the Programme is giving valuable assistance to Syrian refugees in that part of the United Kingdom.

This Programme provides:

  • Language for employment: A specialised online, live, programme that equips the participants with appropriate language skills making them ready for employment or further professional development. The tutoring is delivered through an online virtual classroom, which allows participants with disabilities, women with children and people who live in remote areas to participate.

  • Job placement opportunities: We work with employers and social enterprises that provide employment opportunities to the refugees and migrants. Through employment, refugees obtain on the job training, income and socio-economic inclusion.

“It was very useful for my situation because I can’t go to college – and the reason is that I care for my daughter. So, this course was fantastic for me. I’d love to do another online English course if possible.” Fatima, Summer 2018 participant.

“When I arrived in Northern Ireland my first worry was that I couldn’t speak English. I wish we would have learned it a little before we arrived here. It would have helped us settle in. It was very hard for us, especially for me as I wasn’t able to enjoy my social life as I was able to in Syria, and here because of lack of language I wasn’t able to communicate and make friends. I wasn’t even able to speak to my neighbours. I’ve found difficulties to complete the essential parts of the life, such as shopping, dealing with letters, appointments and communicating with doctors and many more, all because of the inability to speak the language. I found it really hard as I couldn’t ask, and I wasn’t able to understand at all.”  Samia, Winter 2019 participant.

“We are very satisfied with the work Maximpact has completed to help refugees become job ready – facilitating hospitality organisations such as ours with job ready employees. Maximpact provides an excellent bridge between employers and employees.” Dr. Bill Wolsey, OBE, Beannchor Group.

How the Programme Works

The Programme is designed to get refugees and migrants job-ready quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

​All participants are assessed and given between 60 and 120 hours of language tuition depending on their existing language proficiency.  Participants are provided with general English for employment and social integration, and vocational English for a variety of industries including hospitality, social and health care, agriculture, and construction.

During the course of the training, Maximpact organizes job interviews for the participants who can be job-ready within five and 25 weeks.

The Programme is funded by public and private organisations including foundations, social corporations and employers.

 “My name is Mohamad, I work in the Merchant Hotel Housekeeping. I am very happy in this job, as I love to work, it’s a very important part of my life. Working helps me to integrate into society and sharpen my communication skill.” Mohamad. 

“Maximpact’s programme has provided me with intensive English for employment training and a job placement opportunity.” Mourad.

Some of our previous programmes

Fast Track to Employment for Hospitality

Maximpact implemented five weeks Language for Hospitality Training on behalf of ESOL NI Co-ordination Point for a group of Syrian Refugees. At the end of the forth week of the training, Maximpact placed all the participants in jobs in the hospitality sector. The training was carried out online.

Fast Track to Employment for Social Care and Nursing

We implemented twelve weeks Language for Social Care and Nursing training on behalf of ESOL NI Co-ordination Point for another group of Syrian refugees. At the end of the training, Maximpact placed all the learners into jobs with Bluebird Care UK. The training was carried out online. For those refugees who did not have access to iPad or computer, we provided this and instructions on how to use a virtual classroom.

Fast Track to Employment Programme for Women

Women and girls who have been displaced are often the most vulnerable and are the least likely to have been in school. Our Fast Track to Employment programme focuses on providing these refugees and migrants with language skills and job placement in women-focused employment such as sowing, farming, housekeeping, cooking, social care and home-based work.

Providing the language training online overcomes the challenges of women not being able to attend classes for reasons such as gender-mix classes, transportation, child care and disability.

We work with employers in various industries who are particularly keen to provide job opportunities for women refugees and migrants.

Why Fast Track to Employment is the Right Solution

Government studies have shown that more than a year after arriving in the host country, refugees and migrants still have trouble integrating. They face social, economic and work integration challenges in their host country, primarily due to language barriers and the lack of vocational training.

Several recent studies conclude a lack of tailored language training and job opportunities prevent immigrants from integrating. Despite the government’s efforts to implement various educational programs, including language courses for Syrian immigrants, these courses have not been sufficiently adapted to their needs. Such observations have been observed by the immigrants themselves.

Interested in running a Fast Track to Employment programme? Contact us

Everyone can make a change and contribute towards helping refugees, communities and governments in the refugee crisis.

Whether you are a corporation that wants to do good, foundation who is looking to allocate funds towards refugee programs, home offices, resettlement programs and other government bodies contact us and lets run Fast Track for Employment programs.

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Vocational Training on Demand

In due course of delivering vocational training, we offer designed or tailor made trainings. Depending on what the requirements are we design the appropriate training.

We cover care, hospitality, agriculture, construction and other trainings available upon request.

See below vocational training options:

Health and Social Care Vocational Training

Health and social care training will train the participants in crucial skills necessary to work in the social care sector.

Agriculture: Packaging Vocational Training

There is a lack of staff in the Agriculture sector. Vocational training in packing fruits and vegetables will prepare the participants to train and find work where the demand is high.

Agriculture: Harvesting & Picking Vocational Training

Farming and agriculture are in high demand for fruit and vegetables pickers. Vocational training will provide learners with practical training and the necessary knowledge to find work in the sector.

Hospitality Vocational Training

Training in hospitality provides vocational training for learners and can be provided for variety of employment. We work with employers in the hospitality industries to make sure the best quality vocational training is provided.

Beekeeping Vocational Training

Training in beekeeping equips all the necessary knowledge and skills to run or work in a bee farm. Training is a blended training of online live classrooms and field training.