Economic empowerment programming is designed to support economic independence among refugee families through labor market integration and the achievement of full financial capability. A key component of economic empowerment programming is early employment services to help refugees prepare for, secure, and retain employment. Work offers not only a chance to earn money and make one’s own decisions, it restores a sense of normalcy and predictability to life, and a way to make friends and to contribute to the receiving community. The resources here focus on practical and proven methods to support refugees and employers in accessing the labor market.
Early Employment & Job Readiness
The first section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher covers the typical American work schedule and possible entry-level jobs for clients.
The second section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher covers how to prepare an American style resume and identify skills from clients’ previous work history.
The third section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher shifts from learning about the U.S. workplace to conducting a job search and the importance of networking.
The fifth section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher covers the value of U.S. currency, the basics of banking and income taxes, how to read a paycheck and how to create a personal budget.
The sixth section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher covers where to look for job applications, tips and activities for completing applications, and an introduction to cover letters.
The seventh section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher reviews the various documents and identification cards clients may encounter during their first year in the U.S.
The final section of the job readiness curriculum published by Higher covers what clients need to expect once they start working including details such as U.S. workplace etiquette and tips for on-the-job success.
A tool published by REDFworkshop that can be used by service providers to assess a client’s job readiness based on several factors including punctuality and attendance, workplace performance and appearance as well as personal readiness skills in other areas of a client’s life (housing, childcare, transportation, etc.) that may influence their job readiness.
Economic Empowerment Programming
An overview of the theories of change behind IRC’s economic empowerment programming, including a description of the bundled services model and the process of implementation.
Employer Engagement & Job Development
A ten point action plan published by the OECD and UNHCR on how employers, refugees, governments, and civil society can engage employers in the hiring of refugees.
A guide published by Laura Wyckoff and Carol Clymer that provides job developers with the essential skills for identifying jobs, assessing the needs of employers and job seekers, and job matching.
Initial Employment Assessment & Service Planning
A profile tool published by the European Commission to help map the skills, qualifications, and work experiences of third country nationals and advise them on future steps.
Reports & Findings
A comprehensive report on a research project to better understand refugees’ finances, share best practices of promising interventions, and suggest recommendations for further consideration.
A report published by the New American Economy providing a comprehensive analysis of how refugees are contributing to the U.S. economy overall.
An evidence review focused on identifying and summarizing impact level evidence relevant to the interventions and program outputs that help people to generate income and assets.
A newsletter published by Migration Policy Debates presenting the findings of a joint consultation by the OECD and UNHCR on the opportunities and challenges faced by employers of refugees.
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