Case Study: William

Case Study: William

William, a refugee from Sudan, came to the UK in 2015 with his wife and two sons through the Home Office’s Gateway Protection Programme, which resettles refugees in the UK. He was struggling to adapt to living in the UK and had been unable to find employment, before he joined the Connecting Opportunities project. With the support and training offered by the project, he has been able to get a job as a cleaner at a local railway station. Before this support, William found the process of applying for jobs challenging, often travelling on foot to ten different companies a week. He said: “I applied for 45 jobs to be a cleaner, but never heard anything.” Things started to look up when he was referred to Connecting Opportunities at Horton…
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Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing Association has scooped a Northern Housing Award for its STEP (Specialist Training and Employment Programme) which helps train and prepare Syrian refugees to secure employment. The award was in the Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year category. The programme, pioneered and developed by the partnership of World Jewish Relief and Horton Housing, is tailored to fit around the needs of each individual refugee to help them rebuild their lives in the UK. Some have no work experience or little or no English language skills while others already have qualifications and a professional background but need a helping hand to transfer this to the UK working environment. The programme began as a pilot at Horton Housing’s training centre in Bradford in April 2016. It has expanded to Coventry and…
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Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Horton Housing is one of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants that are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. Connecting Opportunities aims and objectives Connecting Opportunities aims to support the most vulnerable and marginalised new…
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Service: Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

Service: Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

Phone: 01274 753349 | Email : step@hortonhousing.co.uk STEP helps Syrian Refugees who have come to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons’ Relocation Scheme (VPRS) to gain employment. A specialist training and employment worker will give you one-to-one support and advice on courses, volunteering and work placement opportunities. The worker will also help you find paid employment vacancies with local and national employers. STEP continues to offer support when you have found a work placement or paid employment. Through STEP you can access English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to improve your language skills. The service helps you to gain skills, qualifications and references needed to be ready for work. The programme is funded by and delivered in partnership with World Jewish Relief. Contact Email: step@hortonhousing.co.uk Telephone: 01274 753349 Address:…
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Training

Training

Phone 01274 753348 | Email: hortontraining@hortonhousing.co.uk Horton Housing Training Centre Horton Housing Training Centre is available for clients aged 16+ who need to access employment, training and educational courses. We provide a service to people who may have been excluded from school or other services in the past or are experiencing problems, including substance and alcohol misuse, homelessness or mental health problems. Tutors deliver non-accredited courses such as Personal Development, Confidence Building, Assertiveness, Communication for Employment and Tenancy Ready Training. We are open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am – 4pm and every Wednesday from 9am – 3pm. The Training Centre is well equipped with a full IT suite and classrooms. There is a lift available for wheelchair users, or any clients with mobility difficulties. The Training Centre…
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