By Zoe Allen, Sona Circle
Hiring Refugees: Funding for Your Business
Having discovered the benefits of hiring refugees, you might be interested in exploring some avenues that could provide extra funding for a new hire. For training schemes, like apprenticeships, there is government funding available, and you may also be able to access other grants specific to your local area or sector.
Funding for Apprentices
In our recent blog, we introduced the UK Apprenticeship Levy and how you can access funding for apprentices in the UK, including those from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds. You can read the post here for more.
In addition to this initiative, local authorities sometimes provide grants for growth and new recruitment, including apprentices.
Funding for Graduates
If you are looking to hire a refugee who is also a UK university graduate, there are several grants and funding opportunities to assist with this.
For example, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership could work for you if you want to run a particular project, or the Santander SME internships programme is a fantastic scheme that supports anyone to access an internship with a UK SME but gives priority and extra funding to (under)graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
You’ll need to be in contact with a university near you who runs this programme to get involved.
Funding for Specific Sectors
Some sectors may have their own authorities or charities that will provide grants to help you hire from disadvantaged or minority communities.
For the creative sector, take a look at Creative Access, and there may be similar schemes available for your sector too.
Local Grants for Creating New Opportunities
There are many local charities and authorities who will support SMEs to hire new recruits who qualify for diversifying your business by hiring refugees.
Most of these opportunities focus on growth for your business and specify the creation of new roles in your business within six or twelve months. These may be training roles, like interns or apprentices.
You’ll need to do some research to find some in your area, but here are some examples from Arun District Council and New Anglia.
If you think these opportunities could work for you and you’re interested in finding help to hire a talented intern or apprentice for your business, then Sona Circle can help.
Contact us now to learn more about our 3-month internship programme to help empower refugees into work.