An ACH employee being interviewed by the press about refugees


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Asylum seekers in Bristol have the chance to gain experience of the job market for the first time, thanks to a pioneering pilot project between ACH and Bristol Refugee Rights, funded by the Quartet Community Foundation. 

Project to find 25,000 jobs for refugees

Birmingham Post article on ACH's work with 25,000 people over next 10 years

Article in the Birmingham Post on the 13th December 2018 on ACH's plan to get 25,000 individuals into quality jobs in the next 10 years.

Refugees and migrants are being trained as sought-after coding experts to help secure careers and address a skills shortage in the West Midlands technology industry.

Smethwick-based ACH (formerly Ashley Community Housing) is leading the project with the support of the CodeDoor network.

The organisation is now looking for partner businesses to maximise the talents of the refugee and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the West Midlands

Target set to get 25,000 refugees in quality jobs

Express and Star 15th November 2018 p11

Article in the Express and Star on the 15th November 2018 on ACH's plan to get 25,000 individuals into quality jobs in the next 10 years.


Refugee resettlement scheme aims to find quality jobs for 25,000 individuals across the West Midlands and the West of England.

A West Midlands initiative aimed at helping refugees integrate into the community says more employers should step forward with job offers for them.

“We have the opportunity to change policy and improve people’s lives thanks to the launch of the Lift the Ban coalition,” said ACH’s Rose Adderley.

“Denying asylum seekers the right to work is not only a waste of their skills, it is also a wasted opportunity for UK businesses.”

Organisations and charities seeking to make the most of Bristol’s diverse talent pool can draw on experience from pioneers in the field at a free event. With turbulent times facing the public sector, it has never been more important to have the right staff, capable of maximising productivity and decision-making. Keynote speakers include founder of Gapsquare Dr Zara Nanu and Richard Thickpenny of ACH, a social enterprise working to resettle refugees.