Last Minute Webinar Announcement!

WES Syrian Credentials Webinar

Apologies for the late notice, but if you work with highly skilled refugees, the webinar you’ve been waiting for is finally happening…today! How does credential evaluation work for refugees who often cannot access their official academic transcripts? Our friends at World Education Services (WES) are hosting a webinar this afternoon that will tackle this question.

The webinar will focus on the Syrian refugee crisis but will also cover assessment practices from a range of countries and describe WES methodology for assessing credentials held by refugees. To register you can click here or on the image above.

We thought it was important to get out this last minute announcement, but in case you were disappointed that there was no Friday Feature today, I do have 2 recommendations, both also focused on Syrian refugees:

  1. Photography staff from both the New York Times and Thomson Reuters won Pulitzer Prizes for their moving images of the European refugee crisis. You can see the photos here and here.
  2. A number of paintings created by Syrian refugees from the Za’atari refugee camp just outside of Amman, Jordan were highlighted in a recent article on The Huffington Post, showing interesting visual representations of the refugee experience.

I hope that as you go into the weekend and recharge for next week, these images will be a reminder of the important work that we do.

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Friday Feature: George and Amal Clooney Talk to Syrian Refugees

Any resource that deepens our knowledge about the Syrian refugee experience is valuable, especially when it raises positive public awareness.  And George Clooney!  Ok, and Amal, too.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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Refugee Employment: European Conversations and Innovations


Photo credit: @e5bakeshop

There is so much news swirling around about the Syrian refugee crisis.  It’s sometimes difficult to identify specifics that are immediately relevant to refugee employment.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review highlights European conversations about the same issues we discuss in our work. Topics you’ll recognize include foreign credential recognition, professional re-certification, adapting to new work place culture and long term support for language acquisition.

It’s worth a read, although some of the innovations it references are not completely replicable in the U.S. refugee resettlement context.

Here are four more innovations related to workforce skills and employment solutions we’ve spotted in the mix.  Many of them are initiated and led by the private sector.

  1. e5Bakehouse (Britain), a small bakery and coffee shop partners with a local nonprofit to employ refugee women in a fresh bread subscription delivery service, offering them marketable skills, income and inspiration for future career opportunities.
  2. Two aspiring online Universities in Germany, Wings and Kiron target refugee access to post-secondary education and language studies.
  3. (The Netherlands) offers coordination for home sharing options modeled after Airbnb.
  4. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will work with UNHCR to increase internet access in refugee camps.



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