Employability and careers advice

Support for Refugees

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. This page provides information for refugees seeking work in Buckinghamshire.

Financial support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine

People arriving in the UK from Ukraine because of the Russian invasion can apply for financial help immediately and get extra help to find work.

If you were resident in Ukraine immediately before 1 January 2022 and are fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, you and your family can apply for benefits from the day you arrive in the UK.

Adviza support for refugees

Adviza can help support refugees who are finding their lives being affected by unforeseen, terrible circumstances.

They provide careers information, advice and employability support to those seeking work across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the South West of England.

Support includes:

  • Writing CVs, cover letter and applications

  • Help to find jobs

  • Identifying skills and qualifications 

  • Preparing for interviews

  • Guidance in finding learning and training courses: at colleges, universities, training and apprenticeship providers

  • Careers information, advice and guidance for young people

  • Connecting with employers.

Buckinghamshire Council - Help and support if you’ve recently arrived from Ukraine

Please take a look at Buckinghamshire Council's website for help and suport for Ukrainian refugees.

Buckinghamshire Skills Hub

Whatever stage of career you are at, the Buckinghamshire Skills Hub is here to help you develop the skills and qualifications you need to be successful in the workplace.

The Bucks Skills Hub website gives you invaluable career-related information, including guides to different job sectors, case studies on the world of work, how to make yourself more employable, and much more!

Take a look around to find inspiration

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides high quality, free and impartial careers advice, information and guidance. The service is available to anyone aged 13+ no matter what stage of the careers journey you’re at.

The National Careers Service is here to give you the tools to make decisions about your career

  • They can support you to explore careers and progression

  • Assist with creating a CV

  • Locate courses online or in person to support with your job search journey

  • Find a course that will provide you with the training and qualifications you need

  • Support with updating your skills to help you do your job more effectively or support you in finding a new one

Speak to an adviser

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat.

Skill Up Bucks

The Skill Up Bucks project can provide all refugees aged 17+, living in Buckinghamshire (excluding MK) with support to find employment. You will be offered a 1-2-1 appointment with a careers adviser who can support you in the areas below.

  • Review your career history and identify transferable skills.

  • Provide advice and guidance on the local labour market.

  • Support in developing employability tools such as CV, cover letter, etc.

  • Provide guidance on using job portals such as the Bucks Skills Hub.

  • Inform you of local employability events.

  • Provide a warm handover to other services for more intensive support if required.

Please contact info@skillupbucks.org.uk and you will be allocated an adviser who will be in touch.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office that can be found in most cities, whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK. It is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Jobcentre Plus provides resources to enable job-searchers to find work, through Jobpoints (touch-screen computer terminals), Jobseeker Direct (telephone service) and the Jobcentre Plus website.

Jobcentre Plus only provides assistance to those who are unemployed and claiming benefits, though anyone can search for a job at the Jobcentre Plus website online, touch screen Jobpoints or via Jobseeker Direct.

Oasis Partnership – Supporting people to reach their full potential

The Oasis Partnership is committed to supporting residents of Buckinghamshire who are aged 18 and over to overcome isolation and engage with ser-vices. This includes support with developing job search skills relevant to the UK job market and sup-porting approaches to job opportunities.

All aspects of their work are open to Ukrainian adults.

For more information email routestowork@oasispartnership.org

Refugee Employment Programme

Your case worker will provide individual support and a learning plan.

Employment Support

  • all-round support to address barriers and to take positive steps to sustainable work

  • build knowledge and confidence

  • understand the job market in the UK

  • getting ready to apply for work

  • preparing for an interview

  • settling in to work and succeeding

  • understanding and preparing for self-employment

Extra help

There is extra help if you arrived through these routes:

  • Refugee Permission to Stay

  • Mandate Resettlement Scheme

  • Refugee Family Reunion

Integration support

Help to understand and access basic services, help to build knowledge and links in the local community

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Work-focussed English language tuition for beginners

Contact details

Visit our website for full eligibility details: https://repsoutheast.co.uk/

To contact us or to make a referral: REPEnquiry@thepalladiumgroup.com

Or call us at: 0800 002 5940

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