Successful Hull Refugee Integration and Employability Project


BrightSparks trained 20 refugees in Hull, funded by a grant from the People's Postcode Trust. 

BrightSparks' Refugee Integration and Employability course provided English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and employability training to 20 refugees who had been recently resettled in Hull as part of the United Nations Gateway Protection Programme.

Refugees from both Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo attended. Through the course we supported this vulnerable group to develop their language skills, establish links and form networks with other refugees, and helped them to develop their confidence and skills to enter the labour market. 

The group were supported to identify their transferable skills and understand what a valuable contribution they are able to make to UK life, and in particular their local community. The refugees are keen to work and felt empowered to seek opportunities and develop their skills. 

"I was delighted to work on this project to add support to the existing programme and provide access to education over the summer, when often there are limited opportunities to learn. This helps refugees to increase their language skills, develop support networks and feel more settled."

- Katie Simpson, Course Tutor

BrightSparks would like to thank the People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, for their support in awarding us the grant.

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