Job success in Cornwall

10 February 2019

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Four jobseekers used our Work Routes service in Cornwall to start their first paid work after arriving in the UK from Syria.

The refugees had several barriers to starting work familiar to most others in their situation - including language difficulties, no UK-based work history and no way of providing potential employers with suitable references.

By using the services of an Arabic interpreter to communicate with them, Mohammed, Mostapha, Khaled and Ghayath's Work Routes Employment Adviser established the type of work they were looking for and what their key skills and work experience entailed.

It quickly became clear that each of the four had a passion for the outdoors: each had gardening experience and a variety of associated skills. In order to equip them with relevant work experience, their Employment Adviser managed to secure them voluntary parks maintenance work with Truro City Council.

Their work ethic and determination was quickly noticed by Truro Council's Park Manager - Richard Budge - who went on to offer them permanent, paid work as Assistant Maintenance Operatives.

Richard said: "These four gentlemen began work with us on a volunteering basis - and they worked really well.

They had great work experience from Syria and I was delighted to offer them full time positions in the Parks Department."

"Volunteering at a company is a great way to show your dedication, and it is excellent experience to add to your CV. It has certainly led to better things in this case."

Our Employment Advisers are experts on helping people to overcome their barriers to work. Click here for more information about our free employment services running across the country. Work Routes is delivered in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and funded by the European Social Fund.