Employers can reach these potential new recruits through a ground-breaking scheme to fast track refugees into the labour market, saving the state millions of pounds and reducing their recruitment costs. 
Undiscovered Potential – Why Employers Need to Rethink Refugees 
 
2016 saw seismic shifts in the global political landscape; first ‘Brexit’, then ‘President Trump’ a wave of nationalistic policy is capturing the hearts of the voting public across Europe and the United States. 
 
We have more displaced people than at any other time since the Second World War - an estimated 65.3 million people globally. With the ongoing ‘War on Terror’, we are facing the most serious refugee crisis for 20 years. 
 
Corporate media is fuelling this nationalistic agenda by controlling and framing a negative debate about refugees. At worst, refugees are viewed as less than human, people to be feared and ostracised, people who deserve to drown in a distant sea. At best, refugees are treated as charity cases, people to be pitied. 
 
Setting political arguments aside, let’s look at this from a pragmatic, strategic and socio-economic perspective - the story of the economic benefits of refugees is rarely heard. 
 
According to the annual CBI survey for 2016, an increasing number of UK employers are worried that they will be unable recruit high-skilled employees to grow their business into 2017 and beyond. 
 
However, there is an untapped talent pool of people, it’s increasing and it’s one that employers are largely ignoring. 
 
Employers can reach these potential new recruits through a ground-breaking scheme to fast track refugees into the labour market, saving the state millions of pounds and reducing their recruitment costs. 
 
Ashley Community Housing will be presenting their approach to refugee resettlement and integration at their #RethinkingRefugee Conferences, revealing how employers should overcome their institutional timidity to rethink refugees as assets rather than liabilities. 
 
Fuad Mohamed established Ashley Community Housing in 2008, having come to the UK himself as a refugee in 1998, determined to “do something about it.” 
 
Working in Bristol, Birmingham and Wolverhampton, in a culturally sensitive manner - building an inclusive eco system for business is at the heart of their work. It’s not just about finding homes for people, it’s about empowering refugees with the tools they need to find work, or start a business and move on, creating jobs, opportunities, a happy home and a future for their families. 
 
How can your business get involved in this skills revolution? 
 
Find out about Ashley Community Housing’s approach to refugee resettlement at their #rethinkingrefugee Conferences or by contacting richard.thickpenny@ashleyhousing.com 
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