PRESS RELEASE: Successful Job Fairs in Poland Connect Refugees from Ukraine to Jobs at Major Companies
- Over 1,000 jobseekers attended two job fairs in Warsaw and Krakow, hosted by a consortium of organisations supporting refugees
Warsaw, Poland 14th December 2022 – Last week, the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent) partnered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and job search engine Indeed to organize two hiring events to help jobseekers – including refugees from Ukraine – access the local job market in Poland.
Over 40 major companies and organizations (full list below) attended the job fairs in Warsaw on 6th December and Krakow on 8th December, collectively offering over 1,000 vacancies at a variety of skill levels – from entry level through to managerial positions.
Over the course of the two days:
– 1,000+ jobseekers attended the fairs, including hundreds of Ukrainian refugees
– 1,200+ interviews were conducted
– 600+ conditional job offers were made
On site, jobseekers were able to meet with human resources experts for advice and attend workshops on topics such as how to draft a good CV for the Polish market. Specialists on career development, labour law, and taxation in Poland were also present to share their expertise with jobseekers.
With more than one million refugees from Ukraine – the majority still unemployed – currently registered in Poland, businesses have a responsibility to step up and help connect refugees to jobs. Despite having mid to high levels of education, Ukrainian refugees face significant barriers to employment, such as language barriers, childcare needs, or transportation issues – and businesses should consider making small adjustments in the way they recruit to ensure they are inclusive of this talented but marginalised population
“The success of the job fairs is evidence that, while many Ukrainian refugees in Poland have started to work, many more are actively looking for jobs,” said Paulina Jaworska, Poland Director at the Tent Partnership for Refugees. “We have been thrilled to see businesses in Poland supporting refugees’ long-term economic integration, helping them flourish in the communities that have generously welcomed them. We hope that many more companies will join this effort to hire refugees: at Tent, we know that it’s good for refugees, good for society, and good for business.”
”We were delighted to join forces with so many companies from a variety of industries to support Ukrainian refugees to find jobs in Poland,” said Angela Saliba, General Manager, Sheraton Grand Warsaw. “Our team was impressed with the event, the huge turnout, and level of interest from prospective refugee employees. The job fair provided us with a great opportunity to discuss potential career paths that Sheraton Grand Warsaw, part of Marriott International, can offer Ukrainians of all ages.”
In addition to these hiring fairs, Tent has also recently launched a a professional mentorship programme, which aims to connect refugees from Ukraine with professionals at major companies in Poland, who will share insights and tips for CVs, cover letters, interview etiquette, and more – to help them on their path to employment.
* Full list of companies and organizations who took part in the hiring fairs:
- Companies: Accenture, Budimex, Pfizer, Zabka, Teleperformance, Randstad, ManpowerGroup, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, Marriott – Sheraton, Marriott – Bristol, ISS, KPMG, Indeed, TUV SUD, Jeronimo Martins Polska, Volkswagen Poznań, AAS Recruitment, Urban Recruitment, Wolt, , Kono, Interkadra, AVSI, Leasing Team, Radisson Hotel Group, EWL, PeopleScout, Dominiss, Humanus Personalservice
- Other organizations: UNHCR, IOM, Upwardly Global & FRSI, Labour Office of Warsaw, Labour Office of Krakow, Embassy of Canada to Poland, University of Warsaw, Ukrainski Dom, Save the Children, FISE, Mamo Pracuj, Dii Business, Zespol Zlobkow, Forum Migracyjne, Multicultural Centre, Centrum Pomocy Prawnej im. Haliny Nieć
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About the Tent Partnership for Refugees
With more and more refugees displaced for longer periods of time, businesses have a critical role to play in helping refugees integrate economically in their new host communities. The Tent Partnership for Refugees mobilizes the global business community to improve the lives and livelihoods of more than 36 million refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries. Founded by Chobani’s founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya in 2016, we are a network of over 300 major companies committed to including refugees. Tent believes that companies can most sustainably support refugees by leveraging their core business operations and hiring, training, and mentoring refugees. The full list of Tent members can be found here. Find out more at www.tent.org.