LEP backs jobs site for Ukrainian refugees

A new website has launched to match employers with refugees who have relocated from Ukraine to the North West.

United For Ukraine provides a searchable list of job vacancies with employers who have committed to providing good job opportunities in a supportive environment.

It also includes signposting to support services and referral agencies, such as free English language courses and information on opening a bank account, as well as services providing advice on issues including housing, work permits and childcare.

Employers may upload vacancies which adhere to criteria such as disclosable salaries, and offers of at least a real living wage.

The site is available to use, free of charge, in both English and Ukranian. 

The project is being led by a coalition of business leaders orchestrated by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and North West Business Leadership Team with support from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. 

Organisations involved in the creation of United For Ukraine include KPMG, PWC, Creative Concern, DWF Law, EY, Cirrus Connect, Bruntwood, Siemens, Northern Power Women, Net Zero North West and Agent. The website has been developed by the Growth Company.

Mike Wilton, director at Arup, and NWBLT board member who has chaired the coalition, said: "Now is the time for us to work together to do all we can to support these refugees who are fleeing the conflict with Russia. I’m incredibly proud of everyone who has joined forces to make this happen, on an entirely voluntary basis, using their own time and resources to do the right thing.

"Not only is this incredibly important to support Ukrainian nationals, but it’s also hugely beneficial for our region. We know that many skills gaps exist in the North, and we have an unprecedented level of unfilled vacancies, so this will help us to bridge those gaps – there are so many reasons for us to get behind this initiative."

Sarah Kemp, CEO of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership said: "The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is backing the United for Ukraine initiative to support Ukrainian nationals displaced by war find work, provide them with the opportunity to grow their networks and share their skills with employers.

"With current labour market shortages being felt across the UK, this initiative has the potential to be mutually beneficial and we encourage our regional businesses to consider how their own vacancies could be uploaded to the new platform.

"The LEP will continue to work with our local partners and resettlement agencies to support United for Ukraine as it evolves."