Somali Week offers graduates of Somali heritage the chance to boost their careers

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Somali graduates from Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to mark Somali Week by taking advantage of a new council funded careers scheme.

Last year, the council’s Somali Task Force produced a report that included a number of recommendations aimed at improving employment and equality outcomes for the Somali community in the borough.

One of the concerns raised by the task force was that while increasing numbers of young men and women of Somali heritage were graduating from university, they were often finding it challenging to secure employment in positions where they could put their hard-earned qualifications to good use.

In response to this finding, the council commissioned the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) to create the Somali Graduate Scheme.

The scheme, which is now underway, is open to Somali residents of Tower Hamlets who graduated in or after 2010 but now find themselves either unemployed, or underemployed.

Those accepted onto the scheme will benefit from the following opportunities:

- access to graduate level jobs
- business-led employability skills sessions
- corporate insight tours and visits
- access to graduate internship schemes
- opportunities to network with employers and industry professionals.

Graduates who meet the eligibility criteria are also encouraged to contact the ELBA team by emailing employment@elba-1.org.uk or calling 020 7068 6960.

Mayor John Biggs said: “I would like to send my best wishes to all those celebrating Somali Week.

“The Somali community in Tower Hamlets has played an important role in our borough for many years.

“I’m pleased that through the Somali Task Force and this new graduate scheme, we are working to address some of the concerns raised about access to employment opportunities.”
 
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth, said: “Tower Hamlets is home to a huge number of employers, including some of the country’s largest organisations.

“We are committed to doing all we can to make sure that our residents are able to compete for the best jobs on offer.

“The Somali Graduate Scheme will provide graduates of Somali heritage with the access and the development opportunities to make the most effective use of their qualifications as they move from academia into employment.

“I would encourage anyone who meets the eligibility criteria to contact the team to see how they can help.”

Posted on Wednesday 24th October 2018