As we go past the half-way point in the first year of the project, we thought it would be a good time to look at the projects’ achievements so far.
So far, we have supported over 150 refugees and migrants by helping provide them with:
- Volunteering opportunities
- Paid employment
- English classes
- Advice and support on a host of related topics, such as CV building, interview techniques and application processes.
We have engaged with over 50+ employers, to help the MyCoventry participants into paid or volunteering opportunities.
Of the 150 participants we have supported, 24 have had employment outcomes, either paid or volunteering.
One notable example from the first 6 months of the project, is Brazilian migrant, Maria, who left Brazil with her husband and arrived in the UK in July 2020, in search of new work and a fresh start.
Formerly trained as a Biomedical Analyst with over 16-years’ experience, Maria arrived in the UK speaking very little English and unsure of how to gain employment in her chosen profession.
In her search, she came across St Francis Employability, who are based in the Radford area of Coventry.
The St Francis project, who sit under the wider umbrella of the St Francis Church, soon took Maria under their wing and enrolled her into several of their programmes that included English and ESOL classes.
The ESOL course is designed to give newcomers a better understanding of working life in the UK, covering topics that range from CV building to interview practise, amongst a host of other specialist areas.
From the start, Maria made it clear that she wanted to utilise her medical qualifications and expertise to work for the NHS and she soon began applying for employment opportunities.
She soon secured employment as a Laboratory Support Technician at the NHS Test & Trace centre in Leamington Spa.
The role will see Maria unpack and prepare samples, re-stock equipment and dispose of any bio-contaminated waste, amongst a host of other responsibilities.
With her success, Maria has been full of praise for the help she received, as she said: “St Francis have helped me a lot and I am very grateful, particularly for the help from Julia, Phoebe and Becky, thank you”.
Maria is due to start her new role in either September or October.