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Newham employment scheme helping migrants and refugees wins award

PUBLISHED: 15:43 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 07 June 2017

Left to right: Martin Roberts, BBC Homes Under The Hammer presenter, Arhag welfare reform project officer Sainga Tony, Arhag quality and performance manager Clive Green and Kerry Whittle, of award sponsor A.Connolly.

Left to right: Martin Roberts, BBC Homes Under The Hammer presenter, Arhag welfare reform project officer Sainga Tony, Arhag quality and performance manager Clive Green and Kerry Whittle, of award sponsor A.Connolly.

RISE

An innovative employment scheme based in Newham for migrants and refugees has won an industry gong.

Arhag Housing Association’s RISE into Employment programme beat seven entries to be awarded the best tenant employment/training programme at the Housing Excellence Awards 2017, hosted by BBC Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.

The BME-led (black and minority ethnic) social enterprise, now in its second year, provides Arhag residents with advice, training and support to find employment.

Awards ceremony judge Mike Brogan said: “I’m pleased to say Arhag won this award because of the diversity of their client base.

“They really are working with the hardest-to-reach people – BME refugees – and, despite that, they are getting incredible results.”

RISE provides job seekers with a recognised entry-level qualification from national awarding body NCFE, plus CV writing skills and work placements.

This year saw 63pc of individuals finding work or improving their career, compared to an average 30pc of people on similar courses.

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