Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS)
“Supporting the Syrian Community into Employment”
As a consequence of the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea the Government confirmed its support and the Home Office in turn requested support from local authorities.
Birmingham City Council has successfully responded to the need to support the migration of individuals into the city for many years and commissioned the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS).
The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme is a five-year scheme which provides vulnerable Syrian refugees access to resettlement support service, including accommodation, education, orientation, access to benefits, GP registration, ESOL and access to health services.
What does the scheme do?
In July 2019 ACH was awarded with an Employability Services contract to meet the varying employment support needs of refugees (settled in the UK for 2 – 5 years) to assist developing the skills required to find employment and to gain employment including:
Work with BCC Employment Team to identify employment and work experience opportunities to help meet the skills gap using information provided to the main contracted provider in the Personal Integration Plan (PIP) conducted during first few weeks of arrival.
Develop individual career plans following on from information provided during Personal Integration Plan meetings.
Support with the job application process including CV writing, application form completion and digital skills.
Support with IELTS access and funding for the programme.
Support with and planning, identifying and accessing career pathways to help progress long term career goals including self-employment.
Support women into employment addressing cultural issues.
Support access to employment opportunities working alongside DWP job centre work coaches.
Work with the ESOL Partnership to establish pathways to trades (carpentry, building work) with supported vocational courses.
Develop relationships with key regional employers (Starbucks, National Express) obtaining their commitment to offer opportunities to refugees.
Launched in October 2019, the SVPRS team at ACH, Nevinder Ram, Marlene Vassell and Lina Akkad so far has engaged with 80 individuals. Using the INTEGRASS Toolkit (developed through the ARIVE Project) to assess the level of a person’s integration, they have been able to provide Information, Advice and Guidance on Employment and Training continuing to support much more at outreach venues in Birmingham.
Want to know more?
Contact Nevinder Ram - firstname.lastname@example.org