Our Employment program helps refugees within their first five years in the U.S. to learn job search skills and secure employment. Last year, we helped over 400 refugees find stable employment, and saw job growth of 8%--nearly double Utah’s state-wide rate.
One of the most important steps to reaching self-sufficiency is gaining meaningful and lasting employment. For refugees who are new to the U.S., the process of even looking for a job can be daunting. English language, lack of formal work experience, transportation limitations, and other factors are all obstacles refugees must overcome in order to join the American workforce and build security for themselves and their families.
RIC-AAU’s Employment Program aims to promote self-sufficiency by helping our clients gain the tools necessary to compete in today’s job market. The clients we serve come from all corners of the world and our services to the client and employer are completely free. To refugee clients, we offer intensive employment case management, which includes resume writing, application and interview coaching, job search support, and transportation assistance. Our team also works on creating short and long term career planning for our clients, and offers employment and life skills workshops.
We have strong relationships with many wonderful employers in the state. When a refugee is hired, our team can provide cultural trainings to both clients and employers, and walk clients through on-the-job training, new-hire orientation, and troubleshooting. We work closely with the business community to share about the advantages of hiring refugees, such as qualification for an employer tax credit. Our clients have become a consistent source of reliable workers, and not only provide diversity of thought and multilingual skills, but also have high retention rates.