Breaking Barriers

Supporting Refugees into Employment

Breaking Barriers empowers refugees to find stable and fulfilling employment through bespoke, 1-1 support. We work in partnership with the private, non-profit and public sectors to provide paid work placements and permanent job opportunities. We also offer English language and IT classes.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1161901)

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Championed by The EQ Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • "Breaking barriers has been a life saver for me. They have helped me to understand the labour market, and also assisted me with my CV. Breaking barriers has helped me gain confidence on how to get a job. Even during the pandemic they still use Zoom to help me."

    — Kemi - Breaking Barriers Client

  • "I owe a great deal of gratitude to Breaking Barriers for the tremendous support they provided me with. The help I received from my Adviser and through workshops really helped me regain confidence in my ability to build a career."

    — Andrew - Breaking Barriers Client


There are over 374,000 people in the UK who came here as refugees. They face an unemployment rate over 4 times higher than the national average, caused by significant barriers: CV gaps caused by lengthy asylum processes, insufficient English language and IT skills, lack of familiarity with UK workplace processes, racism, and misplaced perceptions of hiring refugees. Covid-19 has exacerbated this, creating a highly challenging employment landscape that is disproportionately affecting refugees.


In an employment landscape which is especially challenging at present, our specialist advisers provide vital, tailored employment support for our clients. We also work closely with our corporate partners to provide training opportunities, skills workshops and mentoring. We are pivoting to meet the changing needs of our clients as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring our services are available remotely, as well as providing new digital training programmes and online opportunities.