A pilot specialising in supporting refugee engineering, architecture, IT, telecoms and business service professionals to restart their careers in the UK.

This project is based on the work of Transitions, a social enterprise in London. Refugees & Mentors is a separate organisation, but we are working in collaboration to develop our service in Manchester. You can find out more about Transitions’ work here:

Transitions, London

Who we support

We support refugee professionals with at least 2 years’ experience in roles related to architecture, business services, IT, telecoms, project management and civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

What we offer

We offer information, advice and guidance:

  • Paid Returner Placements – we’ll do our best to broker a 3-6 month paid placement in your profession. You’ll be paid at least the National Living Wage.
  • Build your profile – we help you create a detailed skills portfolio and UK standard CV.
  • Match your skills to roles – we can’t make promises of jobs but we will guide you in how to spot the right roles.
  • Support to find a long term position after a placement.
  • Signposting to other organisations where possible, if you want to change profession.

What you need

  • To evidence your Immigration status and right to work.
  • A good standard of English – confirmed by a written assessment.
  • A relevant graduate degree or equivalent.
  • At least two years’ specific occupational experience.
  • Aim to restart your professional career in the UK.
  • To have been in the UK for less than 5 years.


  • Engineers should live in the North West, Yorkshire or Humberside.
  • For all other roles you should live in Greater Manchester. Other areas may be decided on a case by case basis.

What we require from you

  • To be proactive – to take ongoing steps to improve your employability.
  • To fully engage with the service; face to face, by email, phone, video call or by participating in workshops.
  • To prepare for meetings and be punctual.
  • To inform us as soon as possible if you no longer wish to use the service or want to have a break in support.

Apply for support

  • If you’d like to find out more or apply for support, email the Employment Worker at rachel@refmentors.org.uk
  • Include your name, profession, phone number, immigration status and location in the email.
  • We will get back to you as soon as we can – the Employment Worker works 2 days a week.