As part of a package of support initiatives rolled out since the start of the Ukraine crisis in March, AerFin is pleased to be making a further announcement today in collaboration with RefuAid, a charity committed to helping refugees with resettlement and employment support in the UK. AerFin’s collaboration with RefuAid consists of two main elements.

Firstly, AerFin has created launchpad roles for refugees supported by RefuAid arriving to the UK from conflict zones both in Ukraine and globally.  The launchpad allows for immediate employment within AerFin, with on the job training and a dedicated development framework which progresses candidates into roles commensurate with existing skill sets and pervious experience. The programme will also help facilitate the arrival and relocation for the employees and their families here in the UK.

In parallel, RefuAid have direct access to AerFin’s ongoing recruitment drives so that curriculum vitae via RefuAid are matched for existing and upcoming roles. Secondly, in conjunction with an initial lead group of 15 companies under the UK Ukraine Business Consortium (including BP, Mulberry, TELUS, Currys and others) AerFin is sponsoring RefuAid clients to obtain language tuition, support with recertification of qualifications and specialist employment and resettlement advice. 

Without structured, professional English Language tuition and employment support those who’ve sought sanctuary in the UK are unable to gain meaningful employment and, as such, are unable to rebuild their lives.  With RefuAid and with our partners across aviation and the wider business community, we will ensure that the necessary structure of support helps many more people restart and rebuild their lives in the UK. “We have all been inspired by the strength and courage of the Ukrainian people and want to help.” said Simon Goodson, CEO, AerFin. “We place people firmly at the heart of our business, and feel we have a duty as citizens of the world to support the people of Ukraine during their time of greatest need.

The flexible range of support that we are announcing today will bring direct employment, re-training and re-settlement opportunities to Ukrainian refugees, while we as a company, and a nation, will benefit from the skills and talent they will bring. “We urge other companies not just in aviation but in all industries to follow suit and provide similar access to resources and opportunities”,