London-based staffing agency Lola has formed a partnership with the Refugee Council to help refugees into hospitality jobs.
The company has already committed to helping eight refugees to find work in the sector as part of the arrangement.
The move was in response to the wave of refugee migration to Europe in the past few months. Refugees often struggle to find work, despite the fact that there has been a staff shortage in the UK hospitality industry since 2008.
Lola managing director Duncan Mitchell said: "We believe that it is important that this crisis is not ignored. Businesses large and small can make a difference. As such, we are very proud to have partnered with the Refugee Council to help find meaningful work for refugees in the UK. When we first took on this project, we were shocked to find that many refugees cannot even successfully secure ‘unpaid volunteering' jobs in our country. These are often highly educated and motivated individuals.'
"Currently we have our first group of 8 people to whom we have committed to offer work. Whilst they are happy to start with Lola, ultimately they are looking for permanent placements and often in hospitality. We have already started to introduce these wonderful and brave people to our clients, and both parties have been sending us some great feedback about their experiences. We feel very proud that our industry is so accommodating, and we'd like to encourage more businesses to help."
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