Refugee Employment Program
The Refugee Employment Program is designed to provide employment and training services for eligible refugees residing in the United States less than five (5) years. The program also assists refugees to adjust and adapt to the American Workplace and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency to end their need for public assistance. The program is intended to help unemployed refugees or refugees who are employed, but not working to their skill level. The Refugee Employment Program is designed to bring local employers and refugees together, matching employers with candidates who are hard-working, and providing refugees with employment opportunities and support services to help them integrate into American life. Click here for a one page from the Kentucky Office of Refugees about the Refugee resettlement process and Kentucky numbers.
Information for Refugees
- Employment Counseling
- Job preparation workshops (covering topics such as work expectation in the USA, interview skills, public transportation/directions, job applications, pay checks and budgeting, and cultural adjustment issues in the workplace)
- Financial Assistance for transportation, vocational training, and other employment –related expenses
- Job Development
- Discovering/ discussing employable skills
- Referrals for services
- Additional Support Services as needed
**Employment Services are provided free of charge.
Information for Employers
Refugees make excellent employees! The Refugee Employment Program is the employer’s link to an outstanding pool of employees. The program carefully screens, and refers the most qualified candidates to meet the employer’s needs. Because refugees have had to leave their homeland because of ethnic, religious, or political persecution, they are hard-working and determined to succeed, and are excellent employee candidates.
Services provided for Employers:
- Carefully screen all candidates
- Refer the most qualified candidates to meet the employer’s need
- Provide supportive services to the new employees after job placement as needed
Contact the Refugee Employment Program
This program is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by Kentucky Office of Refugees.