A KIDDERMINSTER employment business has reached out to the Ukrainian community in the area to help them find work.

On hearing the news that some Ukrainian refugees were moving to Kidderminster, branch manager of The Best Connection, Kerry Jones, started to engage with the community to help them find stable jobs.

Initially, this was through social media followed by face-to-face meetings which quickly resulted in two couples finding work.

The new recruits have since shared The Best Connection’s details with other Ukrainian refugees to help them find work.

The employment company is now working closely with local businesses including Evtec Aluminium, to recruit Ukrainian refugees.

One of the Ukrainian placements is a qualified gas and heating engineer.

He is unable to practice in the UK until his qualifications are ratified or he retrains.

To help with this situation, Kerry looked locally for assistance.

She said: “I contacted the local college for help and arranged to meet with the person responsible for setting up English language lessons and support for local Ukrainian refugees.

“Consequently, The Best Connection is now collaborating closely with the college, which has helped to secure funding to have his qualifications assessed.”

Neil Yorke, director of The Best Connection said: “We are delighted to support the Ukrainian community in finding employment in the locale.

“Kerry’s initiative in Kidderminster and her willingness to work alongside support bodies such as colleges will help an increasing number of people to understand what services are available to them as they start to settle into their new lives in the UK.”

The Best Connection specialises in supplying flexible workforce solution to a variety of sectors in the UK including industrial, driving, warehouse, construction and retail.