Business and Employment Support

Ukrainian Employment Survey

The Government has confirmed that Ukrainian refugees are able to work in the UK for up to three years. South Cambridgeshire District Council is collaborating with local partners, communities, and businesses to ensure that we understand the barriers Ukrainian guests are facing in finding suitable employment. Can anyone hosting Ukrainian guests please make their guests aware of the following survey. By guests completing it, this will help the Council provide the most appropriate support possible.

Free employment support for Ukrainian refugees

Form the Future is part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Region of Learning and offers help to unemployed Ukrainian refugees aged 15 to 24 years old to help them figure out what to do next in education or employment. Its qualified team can help guests get the skills and confidence they need, figure out their next steps in employment or education and offer free optional ongoing support right up until December 2023.

Examples of the activities available are:

  • Personalised CV and application writing support
  • Work experience
  • Future career path needs assessment
  • Bespoke 1-2-1 careers guidance and mentoring
  • Self-employment and micro-business training
  • Personal development and confidence building activities

Guests should register their interest, if you have any other questions, please call Form the Future on 01223 609 063, or email regionoflearning@formthefuture.org.uk

Government guidance

The Government has confirmed that Ukrainian refugees are able to work in the UK for up to 3 years. Our Business Support and Development team is asking local businesses to get in touch with colleagues at the Job Centre Plus (JCP) if they are able to offer job opportunities to new arrivals from Ukraine. JCP will coordinate offers and match them to emerging needs as people start to settle in the district. If you, your family or friends are aware of any suitable local vacancies please email dawn.bere@dwp.gov.uk, and the team will add them to their list.

The Government has also provided guidance for businesses offering work to people coming from Ukraine. Frequently asked questions are also available via the webpage.

If you are offering employment opportunities, the Government asks that you complete the Vacancy information questionnaire, so they can understand more about your offer. After you have returned the questionnaire to offerwork@homeoffice.gov.uk, your organisation will be contacted by the National Employer and Partnership Team in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) within 5 working days, to discuss the roles available.

Job opportunities will then be shared across the DWP Jobcentre Plus network, and with the Refugee Employment Network (REN), a charity which works with organisations across the UK to support refugees into work.

Information and support on recognition of professional qualifications

Ukrainian people who hold professional qualifications may need them to be recognised in the UK, if they work in a regulated profession. The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications provides a free service which explains whether a profession is regulated and any entry requirements. Call 0871 226 2850, or email offerwork@homeoffice.gov.uk

Is your business affected by the crisis?

You may have other questions about the effect of the war in Ukraine on your business – from rising fuel costs, or links to Russia in your supply chain, to cyber security (for instance, have you checked whether your business can continue to run if you experience a loss of IT - would you lose network access or the use of your business telephone)?   

  • The Government has updated its guidance for businesses who have trading arrangements with Ukraine or Russia and is advising firms to contact its Export Support Service.
  • The Government is advising businesses to review cyber security arrangements in light of the increased risk of cyber attacks.

Both the Chambers of Commerce and FSB have published helpful advice for businesses and employees who may be affected by events in Ukraine.

Please email the team with any specific queries or take a look at our Business Support web pages, where you can also sign up to our monthly Business Support e-newsletter for the latest guidance and support.  

Employment support

The Government has confirmed that Ukrainian guests are eligible to work in the UK for up to three years. The Job Centre Plus (JCP) is working to match new arrivals from Ukraine who want to work with offers of employment in the local area. Both the Department for Work and Pensions and Citizens Advice can help with completing forms for processes such as setting up a bank account, understanding entitlements to benefits, and so on. The Department for Work and Pensions has also appointed 'vulnerable coaches' to support applicants.

If guests have questions around seeking a job, please email Dawn.Bere@dwp.gov.uk who will be able to help advise on matters such as setting up a national insurance number, obtaining proof of right to work and signing up for Universal Credit. Dawn can assist with these elements and can have translation services on standby.

The Odessa Project, set up by the owner of the Willow Tree pub in Bourn, has been established to help Ukrainian guests find employment in the catering industry locally and nationwide. 

Cambridge4Ukraine has also set up a small sub-group to offer support in finding work to people arriving from Ukraine. For further information please email jobs.help@cambridge4ukraine.uk.

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