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Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program Employment Services

Refugee workers improve your bottom line. Strengthened by adversity, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees. VRRP’s Employment Counselors offer comprehensive placement services that ensure employer satisfaction and high employee retention rates. Best of all, services are FREE to both refugees and employers.

VRRP offers employers extensive staffing, training, and retention services!

Our Employment Counselors:

  • Pre-screen applicants to find the most qualified workers
  • Match employers with dependable employees
  • Increase productivity by reducing staff turnover 
  • Manage external factors so that employees can focus on work at work
  • Provide a consistent source of reliable workers
  • Provide interpretation services for initial job training (when needed)
  • Offer English classes and workshops about the American workplace
  • Facilitate communication between the employee and employer
  • Follow up - we won't disappear after the placement is made

Why Hire Refugees?


 Skills: Refugees showcase a variety of employable skills. Vermont’s refugee community is composed of doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, and more. Most refugees speak several languages. Some refugees hold Master's Degrees; others are expert farmers and artisans. If you're looking for a skilled employee, we can match you with a qualified refugee.

 Strong Work Ethic & High Retention Rates: Refugees who come to the United States want to regain self-sufficiency and economic stability for their families. Strengthened by their experiences, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees.

 Built-in Retention Support: VRRP manages external factors so that employees can focus on work at work. VRRP's staff provides holistic services to refugees so that childcare, transportation, and other peripheral factors are resolved before the job begins.

 Positive Economic & Community Impact: Refugees are new Vermonters; they contribute to the local economy by spending locally, living locally, and paying taxes. Hiring refugees promotes self-sufficiency, strengthening our families and community. Refugees are hard-working, loyal employees who will improve your bottom line, while improving their own lives.

 Tax Incentives: Some businesses qualify for tax incentives when they hire resettled refugees. For more information, visit the Department of Labor website or talk to your local DOL representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are refugees work authorized?
Absolutely! Refugees are authorized to work in the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security and their work authorization does not expire. Resettled refugees are eligible to become citizens of the United States after five years.

Do refugees speak English?
Some refugees are fluent in English. Others attend daily English classes. If you hire an English language learner, VRRP will coordinate free interpretation for on-the-job training and follow-up. Our Employment Counselors will arrange the interpretation and show you how to maximize this valuable service. In addition, VRRP offers intensive English classes to all resettled refugees. These classes are flexible according to students’ work schedules.

What is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. Refugees differ from other immigrants in that they do not have the choice to remain in their home country. Refugees flee their countries to save their lives. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement partner with agencies like VRRP to resettle refugees all over the country with the goals of self-sufficiency and personal stability.

What skills do refugees offer?
Many refugees have high levels of education and are multi-lingual. All refugees have valuable skills that they bring to the workplace. Vermont’s refugee community is composed of doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, and more.

Contact

Are you interested in hiring a refugee? Want to learn more? Contact VRRP’s Employment Counselors today:

Kristen McCaskey, Reach Up Case Manager
(802) 338-4625
kmccaskey@uscrivt.org

Yusuf Abdi, Employment Counselor
(802) 654-1717
yabdi@uscrivt.org

Alyssa Vigneault, Employment Counselor
(802) 338-4618
avigneault@uscrivt.org

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