It was announced this week that World Jewish Relief’s Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP) has been shortlisted for The Charity Awards 2022, in the category of Education and Training.
World Jewish Relief joins an impressive shortlist of esteemed charities up for awards across various categories, including Macmillan, Tommy’s, Place2Be and St John Ambulance.
STEP was launched in 2016 to assist Syrian refugees on their journeys into work and is now the largest provider of employment support to refugees in the UK. The programme is run in partnership with local councils and NGOs, and is part funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
STEP has expanded significantly to assist Afghan refugees in hotels, Ukrainian arrivals, and to include a bespoke pre-STEP programme tailored to the needs of women. In the past year it has assisted 1,000 refugees to find work, learn English and integrate into the UK.
Awards judge Sharika Sharma said the charity’s work was “practical and impressive, offering very hands-on support”.
Judge Yvonne Field added that World Jewish Relief was now one of the biggest centres in the country doing this kind of work, so was clearly showing real leadership in the field. “They are crossing barriers in terms of diversity, and supporting a group that has been particularly marginalised and disadvantaged.”
UK Programmes Director Janice Lopatkin MBE, who founded the programme, says “It is fantastic for STEP to be recognised in this way. It is a testament to our team and fantastic partners across the UK, and the refugees who join the programme, without whom its success and growth would not be possible.”
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at The Royal Lancaster on 16th June.