A specialist service offering support for refugee engineer, architect, IT, telecoms and business service professionals who are restarting their careers in the UK.

Who we support

We support refugee professionals with at least 2 years’ overseas 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 3-12 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, a UK standard CV and to network.
  • Match your skills to roles – we can’t make promises of jobs but we will guide you in how to spot the right roles.
  • Guidance and support to join professional bodies.
  • Support to find a long term position after a placement.
  • Signposting to other organisations.
  • Additional support from our Mentoring Project or for Manchester residents, the Rainbow Haven Work Club

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.


  • 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, go to ‘contact us’.
  • 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.