"Transitions opens up an avenue for us to recruit a diverse graduate workforce. There's an option for recruiting to more experienced roles too. There's a real demand in the UK for highly skilled candidates in cables and tunnels and this presents a real alternative to find international people without the complexities around international recruitment. Some of these people may have experience in their home country that we just don't have here. If the requirements change quickly we can now respond quickly."
Sharon Goymer, Resourcing Manager - Development Programmes, National Grid
“We gained a first-class civil engineer employee as a result of Transitions. The internship and intern was above our expectations.. The refugee community offers a good untapped market.“
Dawn Barker, Head of HR, Crossrail
“Transitions provides a much needed and valuable service bridging the gap that currently exists within the private recruitment sector for highly skilled professionals with refugee status. There is a long way to go yet in bridging this gap and Transitions is working hard on what is clearly an uphill struggle. We are delighted to support Transitions through our two diversity campaigns: Race for Opportunity which is committed to improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities across the UK and Opportunity Now whose aims are to increase women's success at work. Diversity is not only good for business but good for society too. We support Transitions by raising awareness of their services within our membership and our intention is to try to continue connecting employers with Transitions’ candidates.”
Patricia Chinyoka, Assoc CIPD Diversity Adviser, Business In The Community
Mike Freeman, London Social Enterprise Manager, arc: Building Better Business
“It is widely predicted that the UK will need more skilled engineers at both technician and graduate level. Transitions provides a credible source of engineers with the skills and experience to contribute to meeting this need. We encourage engineering companies to engage with Transitions to identify potential opportunities to meet their specific needs.“
Bola Fatimilehin, Head of Diversity, Royal Academy of Engineering
“Transitions provides an invaluable service for its highly-skilled refugee clients and KPMG has been delighted to run a series of employability skills workshops with them for teams of our volunteers. These have been insightful, impactful, rewarding and beneficial for all involved. A great way to put your skills to good use!“
Corporate Responsibility Team, KPMG
“Transitions is a highly commendable service; its commitment to helping skilled refugee professionals into employment is admirable and invaluable. Going forward, we are excited to work with the service and do our part to help. TXM Recruitment Ltd is a £60m turnover Group of Companies headquartered in Milton Keynes.“
Andrew Midgley, Managing Director, TXM Recruit Ltd
“Demonstrating a clear commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility is an important component of being a modern, inclusive employer of choice. Working with Transitions really is a win win. Skill and talent are brought into your business that meet your business requirements. The team at Transitions have a rigorous matching service that makes it easy to support ready to work refugee professionals”
Jen Smith, Group Head of Diversity, Circle Housing Group
" I realised from our very first meeting the passion, expertise and proactive outlook .. takes to helping qualified refugees into full time employment. It is also clear that Transitions... is into the next stage of stakeholder engagement and that Transitions is making quite a remarkable impression on a range of stakeholders"
Karen Elgy, Sustainability Performance Manager, EDF Energy
"Someone recommended Transitions as a great organisation. Everything positive that I'd heard, turned out to be true."
Kevin Bowsher, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Network Rail
"Transitions provide extremely valuable and commendable service. The help they provide to highly skilled professionals with a refugee status in the UK is invaluable and unique. In addition, Transitions offer an excellent resource for the employers who are looking for highly qualified, multilingual, skilled and experienced professionals."
Tarik Begic, International HR Adviser, British Red Cross
"Committed to getting refugee professionals into employment....skills at both finding the right person for the volunteer positions we have and in supporting the candidates to make sure they have the confidence for the role are clear. We have had open applications for 2 positions and hired Transitions' candidates as they had both experience of working in humanitarian environments and enthusiasm to take on the roles we were offering. We will continue using services at Transitions."
Toby Gould, Membership Manager, RedR UK
"Transitions run a very helpful service that our organisation was very glad to be able to benefit from."
Andy Gregg, Chief Executive, Charities Evaluation Services (CES)
"The work that Transitions are doing is something that we wanted to support as soon as we understood the work situation for refugees. The work status of refugees is not something I'd been particularly aware of and the average employer is not going to look specifically for refugees. Transitions provides a much needed role in promoting a group of highly skilled potential employees and in educating business people."
Richard Nimmo, Managing Director, Blue Ventures Marine Biology Research
"Transitions was able to identify a suitable candidate immediately and pass those details on. Our request was quite specific and only a short-term contract, so it did not attract a lot of general interest. without the use of the service, we may have been short of candidates. We recruited the Transitions candidate."
Heather Knight, Project Manager, Refugee Action Kingston