UK supermarkets including Marks and Spencer and Aldi are joining efforts to support Ukrainian refugees by offering support with visas and employment opportunities. Many of the corporations are providing both jobs and accommodation and housing assistance to those fleeing the war.
Within two weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, over two million Ukrainians had fled the country. The Ukrainian refugee crisis is being referred to as the biggest of its kind we have seen in Europe for decades, Al Jazeera reports.
Business woman Emma Sinclair MBE has coordinated efforts from major companies to galvanise support for those fleeing the country, the Evening Standard reports. Thousands of jobs could be coming available in the immediate future for refugees through the schemes.
Marks and Spencer has vowed to support the humanitarian effort via employability opportunities along with its charity partners, while Morrisons has said it will offer hundreds of roles as warehouse workers, fishmongers, butchers and shop-floor staff to refugees.
Lidl has plans to open a new Luton distribution centre, which it plans to offer jobs at to Ukrainian refugees entering the country. Manager Ryan McDonnell said: “We have thousands of live job vacancies and so we are in contact with Government to understand how we can help individuals coming from Ukraine with employment opportunities”.
German supermarket chain Aldi has announced it will offer 8,000 roles to Ukrainian refugees including office based administrator roles, Assistant Store Manager, Store Assistant, Stock Assistant, Selector, and Logistics Assistant.
Kelly Stokes, recruitment director at Aldi UK, said: “We stand by the people of Ukraine and want to offer employment opportunities for those seeking refuge in the UK. By working with the government, partners and other employers, we hope to help as many people as possible and provide much needed stability and security in their lives.”
Tesco has also announced it will join the efforts, vowing to give 1,400 roles to refugees in the UK. The Times reports Tesco is in the process of setting up a Ukrainian language recruitment helpline to provide language training to refugees it employs.
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