Employability for Highly Qualified Refugees

Toranj Tuition offers support to beneficiaries who worked in highly qualified professions, e.g. healthcare or engineering, before becoming asylum seekers or refugees. In order to return to these professions or access Higher Education, beneficiaries need to spend extensive hours developing their English to a high standard. To facilitate this, we offer individualised training and opportunities designed for highly qualified refugees and asylum seekers. We place learners in small groups and through pre-course evaluation we tailor sessions to the individuals. The scheme offers the following provision:

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    Confidence Building

These beneficiaries oftentimes have traumatic pasts (e.g. having fled warzones, persecution or domestic abuse). After arriving in Britain, their self-confidence continues to deteriorate as they consequently struggle with isolation, marginalisation, mental health conditions and/or poverty. To build their self-confidence and overcome these challenges, Toranj Tuition works with them to create short and long term plans to help them progress and improve their skills. We link them with role models who work in the same industry, who can inspire beneficiaries and provide practical advice and support.

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    Qualification Recognition

Toranj Tuition helps beneficiaries’ get their overseas qualifications recognised by organisations and companies through NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre). For beneficiaries who do not need NARIC approval to return to their former professionals we can help them get a formal translation of their qualifications. We also support beneficiaries who have lost their qualifications by putting them in contact with Refugee Council or NARIC.

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Highly qualified refugees need to prove they have high-level English skills to return to their former professions. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) results may be required by: industries like healthcare, accounting, engineering, law and finance, and; Further and Higher Education providers. We can support individuals applying for IELTS Academic (designed for people applying for Higher Education or professional registration) through tuition. Tutors provide individualised tuition covering the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. They provide beneficiaries with example IELTS papers and guide them through the process. We also work closely with institutions which deliver IELTS exams and other accredited ESOL courses to help beneficiaries become certified.

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    Specialised Training

Some professions also require individuals take other tests to determine their professional knowledge (e.g. PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) which doctors who qualified abroad must sit before being allowed to practice medicine in the UK). We can match beneficiaries to role models who have completed these tests for advice and support. Beneficiaries will also receive tuition from our tutors who are enrolled or recently graduated from degrees in their industry (e.g. healthcare, education and engineering).

Beneficiaries looking for specialised training typically pursue a postgraduate degree or NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), both of which require IELTS to enrol, although most beneficiaries find they only need an NVQ to return to their former professions. We connect beneficiaries to local colleges or training providers and support them through the course with advice from our tutors and role models.

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    Work Placement

Toranj Tuition is working to develop formal links with organisations and professional mentors. We have connections with doctors, dentists, scientists, educators etc. working in Britain, who volunteer to act as role models to newcomers formerly working in the same industries. We also utilise these links to secure work placements, often in a voluntary position which can lead to paid employment once beneficiaries have acquired their required certificates (e.g. PLAB, IELTS). We can also secure low-skilled placements through Job Centre so beneficiaries’ can build their career history while completing their courses.

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