Preston’s College to host ‘Hidden Talent’ event to highlight the benefits of employing refugees

Posted on - 18th November, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fulwood, People
Entrance to Preston's College in St Vincents Road in Fulwood
Entrance to Preston’s College, where the event will take place

Preston’s College is hosting an event on Tuesday to educate organisations on the benefits of employing refugees.


The event is designed to help employers understand the law and overseas qualifications more easily. It will also provide both short and long-term solutions to recruitment problems.

A Preston’s College spokesperson said: “The law surrounding a refugee’s ability to work in the UK can be complex, with many employers unfamiliar with both the available refugee talent, application laws, terminology and qualifications.

“With unemployed records at an all-time low and remaining uncertainty surrounding the UK’s relationship with Europe, finding high quality talent is becoming increasingly difficult, so why not join us, to explore the added value that refugees can bring to your business.”

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At the event there will be several guest speakers including the British Red Cross, The Calico Group and Arco.

They will talk about how their organisations have benefited from expanding their recruitment search to enhance and diverse their workforce for the better.

Vice Principal at Preston’s College, Mick Noblett, said: “Here at the college, we are proud of the diversity among our students and staff. It’s always our priority to ensure that all students are ready for life in the workplace and have plenty of opportunities open to them.

“Working closely with local businesses and hosting this event is a great opportunity to further extend that offering.”

It will look into new ways of enhancing your business with hiring local talent who are highly enthusiastic. It aims to improve staff retention and supporting the business objectives too.

Refugee Employment Training Officer for Lancashire County Council and event organiser, Magdalena Massey, said: “The unemployment rate for refugees is on average higher than that of other population groups, with the often remaining hidden to employer.

“The Hidden Talent event provides a unique opportunity for local businesses to understand not only the experience and skills refugees can bring to a business but also provides an opportunity for discussion into how those skills benefit both the local economy and support the successful achievement of key business objectives sand recruitment goals.”

The breakfast event takes place tomorrow (Tuesday November 19) at the Fulwood Campus from 7:30am to 10:30am. It is the first type of the event and it sees Lancashire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions working in partnership with the college.

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There are limited places so make sure you don’t lose out.

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