Webinar: Access to Employment: Connecting Refugees to the Labour Market

November 13, 2013

Learn how initiatives in London, UK, and Wuppertal, Germany, are building sustainable solutions and long-term employment options for refugees.

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  • In London, the Employability Forum has developed innovative programs that improve long-term employment opportunities for refugees and migrants. At the heart of this work is a collaborative and multi-pronged approach that brings together direct support to refugees, bridge-building with employers, and work at the policy level.
  • In Wuppertal, the local government launched the ‘Partizipation’ network, an intensive job readiness project that works with community partners to help asylum seekers find long-term employment. Its systematic, proactive approach includes door-to-door recruitment of clients, job coaching, training courses, mentoring and help with resumes and job applications.


Beryl Randall, Director, Employability Forum, London, United Kingdom

Beryl joined Employability Forum from Reed Executive in May 2001, where she gained extensive experience of the recruitment and welfare to work sectors. She was appointed Employability’s Director in 2008 and co-chairs the Refugee Integration Working Group with the Home Office. She is a Trustee of Student Action for Refugees (STAR), has founded a peer support group for leaders in the voluntary sector and is a keen allotment gardener.


Christine Roddewig-Oudnia, Head of the Centre for Integration, Education and Cultural Diversity, Municipality of Wuppertal, Germany

Christine Roddewig-Oudnia is the Head of the Centre for Integration, Education and Cultural Diversity, within the Immigration and Integration Office at the Municipality of Wuppertal. She has had over twenty years of experience in the field of local integration and immigration work. Prior to her current role, she was the team leader of the Wuppertal’s Office for Refugees and a social worker at Social Office’s Service for Asylum Seekers. Christine Roddewig-Oudnia has a degree in Social Work from the University of Düsseldorf.



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