Successful Workshop for Syrian Refugees

Friday 29th April 2016

On 22nd March 2016, Careers Advisers's Isabelle Farre and Jane Smith delivered a CV workshop to a group of refugees recently re-housed in Ashford and signing on at the job centre. This involved a group of 6 Syrians with very little English as they had arrived in the country in January this year and had been studying ESOL at Entry level 1 for just over a month.

The group were accompanied by two interpreters as well as their resettlement officer from Ashford Borough council.

The presentation had to be adapted to the client group and the number of slides used was reduced from 25 to 10 slides. The group was divided into two and the PowerPoint presentation proved to be useful for the interpreters.

Each client was given a CV template and the first step was to identify a suitable job role in relation to previous work experience. Some had left school aged 11, learnt a trade such as furniture making and been running their own businesses successfully. Others had worked as taxi drivers, cooks, farmers, builders, carpenters and meat process workers. Job profiles on the NCS website was used to identify skills relevant to their employment goal.

Some time was spent filling in the Skills Action Plan as well as the Customer Satisfaction Survey which was a good exercise for our little group as form filling is an important part of daily life.

Feedback was good and the refugees now all have their first CV.

The youngest of the group who is eighteen years of age was referred to the Princes Trust programme in Maidstone and was successfully accepted. He started on the programme on 18th April. His long term goal is to become an architect.