Training and job opportunities for Ukraine nationals in Wiltshire
Young people arriving from Ukraine are being offered information on choices post-16 to support them into education, employment or training while living in Wiltshire.
Wiltshire Council's Work Wiltshire webpages have a dedicated section of post-16 options at Support for young people arriving from Ukraine. The pages have information on transport, higher education, community support, and resources/equipment.
Young people from Ukraine that want to access the support will need to complete a referral form to access up to two of the services to support them.Host families are also encouraged to share the information with their guests.
Wiltshire college & University Centre is also supporting Ukraine nationals aged 16-18 years by running a Summer School between 20 June and 14 July, this will be 13 hours per week over four weeks. If a young person would like to book an assessment to be able to join the Summer School they can email Tom.Evans@wiltshire.ac.uk.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "These young people are at a crucial stage where they are trying to carve a future path for a career or training. The upheaval has been tremendously difficult for them and whatever we can do to provide support so they know the options available to them is hugely important. Our host families are doing an amazing job and I would encourage them to ensure our Ukrainian guests are aware of these opportunities."
A number of Ukrainian nationals in Wiltshire are taking up lessons for people aged 19+ from the Wiltshire Council Family and Community Learning (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses. There are currently 19 in the Melksham group, with 12 confirmed in Chippenham and more anticipated to join the first session on Friday. Devizes ESOL lessons will start on 8 June and Calne the week beginning the 27 June, with similar numbers of attendees projected. People can find out more about the ESOL courses by going to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01225 770478.
There is also advice available for Ukraine nationals on finding work in the government information pack Ukraine_Welcome_Guide.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk) Employers who can offer work to Ukraine nationals can find out more about how to register and then share their job offer by visiting the gov pages GOV.UK: Offer work to people who have come to the UK from Ukraine (gov.uk).
More detail for employers is available at UNHCR: Tapping Potential: Guidelines to Help British Businesses Employ Refugees;
Latest figures show approximately 2,830 households have registered for the Homes for Ukraine scheme and currently 447 households have been matched with 1,181 individuals.
There are 178 school applications, 113 primary and 65 secondary.