Breaking Barriers

Supporting Refugees in London into Employment

Breaking Barriers supports refugees into employment through tailored programmes, working in partnership with the private, non-profit and public sectors to provide paid work placements and permanent job opportunities. Alongside this support we offer English language, IT and numeracy training.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1161901)

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Championed by The EQ Foundation

  • "I want to say thank you to Breaking Barriers for the help they gave me. I was a very shy person and I wasn't confident but with your help and advice, I have improved a lot. I am confident now and I can give my opinion to people. Your support and guidance is really important to us."

    — Dahlia

  • We work with Breaking Barriers because they really deliver. I’m amazed by the pro-active nature of the charity and its ability to grow and scale programmes. It’s not a numbers game, it’s about career development. We quickly realised that their focus on employment was unique."

    — IKEA


There are roughly 126,000 refugees living in the UK, with around 30% in London. Refugees face an unemployment rate of between 49-80%, compared to the national rate of just 4%. Breaking Barriers exists to support these refugees. The barriers they face in entering the job market include: long gaps on CVs due to the prolonged asylum process, insufficient English language skills, lack of understanding of UK workplace culture, lack of UK work experience and misplaced perceptions of hiring refugees.


We offer refugee clients bespoke employment, English language and IT training service which will helps unemployed clients into work and under-employed clients, many of whom are trapped in in-work poverty, into employment which is better paid and/or more suited to their skills and aspirations. Support includes English language, IT and numeracy, recognition of qualifications, CV writing, interview practice, attending workshops and paid work placements as well as permanent job opportunities.