Newham Event Helping Refugees and Migrants into Employment

Newham College hosted an event promoting pathways to employment for refugees and migrants in the borough, on Wednesday 8th November.

The proceedings were arranged by Newham ESOL Exchange, which is a network of people and organisations from various sectors, working to improve opportunities for people who study English as a second language. This includes both migrants and refugees who live in Newham.

 The University of East London gave a presentation about their New Beginnings course which supports non-traditional students who plan to become UEL graduates. The course enables students to enrol for various degrees at UEL, including Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Education, Early Childhood Studies and Psychology.

Newham College’s Apprenticeships Team provided information about the range of options that are available for people who wish to gain practical experience and earn money while they study. The College’s Centre for Innovation and Partnerships addressed the availability of ESOL courses for refugees and migrants. They also spoke to attendees about the college’s Work Lab, which links local employers with members of the public and students who are searching for jobs.

Local Councillor Lakmini Shah gave a presentation about her work in the community, which includes running conversation cafes, where female residents meet to get information about services within the borough. This can range from letting people know about resources for gaining new skills, to addressing health related topics.

Caroline Rouse from Aston-Mansfield, a Newham ESOL Exchange partner which provides community development support and activities said:

“This event marks the start of a new direction for ESOL Exchange. In the past we’ve worked to find classes for ESOL students and support their studies, but staff at Newham College have informed us about wider opportunities for students to progress.”
Caroline Rouse


Anne Crisp, the ESOL Exchange Facilitator said:

“We hope everyone who attended the event was able to learn more about the services on offer, so they’ll be well informed about moving forward.” 

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