Job clubs help Ukrainian newcomers find jobs

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Two local HR professionals are helping newcomers from Ukraine to start finding local jobs with CV advice, English lessons and networking events with employers.

Job Clubs started on May 20, alternating sessions for those whose members are already able to get a job with their existing specialization, and sessions helping those whose English is not yet good for professional work , explained Debbie Hayes, in collaboration with Julie Nicholds. as Tunbridge Wells Ukraine Refugee Support Group (TWURSG).

TWURSG is a sub-group of the charity Tunbridge Wells Welcomes Refugees.

“Ukrainians can book a space by emailing us at [email protected] and putting Job Club in the subject line,” Debbie said.

Vacant jobs

“We are ready to place those who have a “professional” level of English. “At the first ‘trades professional club’ on June 10 – this is the group whose English is fluent – we had an oncologist, a couple of lawyers, a marketer, HR, IR, QA (Quality Assurance).. . we have such a variety, “she said. “The room can hold 20 people and we were full.

“Meanwhile, our English classes support those who don’t speak the language and we also run job clubs for those with beginner English and talk to them about vacancies that don’t require a lot of English and encourage these types of businesses to participate in the club,” she added, giving examples such as production lines, factories and self-employment in cleaning.

“I’m sure we can recruit people from the hospitality industry,” she added. “Wagamama has already advertised on our Facebook group, looking for people.

“We are also hosting a work/networking event at the upper level of Royal Victoria Place on June 29 from 10am to 2pm where Ukrainians in Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas can book to attend and meet all the local shops and businesses that have vacancies. vacant.

“My goal is to ensure that all Ukrainians who want to work find a job”

said Debbie. Acknowledging that many Ukrainian arrivals were actually single mothers, which means childcare could be a strain on job hunting, she called for a team effort, which could involve childcare circles. children among the Ukrainian arrivals or ask the host families to listen to the children during the night. , while a mother went to work.

“The main thing, where we have mothers with children, is that one can earn a living by taking care of the children of others. There are also teenagers looking for pocket money. “There are also women aged 22 to 26 who can work full time.”

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