The Catholic Centre for Immigrants has partnered up with IKEA Canada to help newcomers land jobs at the popular home furnishings store.

The IKEA Canada’s Refugee Employment Program launched earlier this year and CCI’s employment team has been working with newcomers to help them put their best foot forward when they apply for positions at IKEA.

IKEA is hosting the program from coast to coast and has partnered with 18 settlement agencies in other cities.

IKEA says the program will help refugees join the workforce and develop new skills, and support their integration into local communities across the country. IKEA Canada will benefit from their skills and talents in its stores and throughout its operations.

The program builds on a successful pilot program begun in June 2018.

“At IKEA, we are guided by a simple, yet powerful vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people,” said Michael Ward, President of IKEA Canada. “Our national refugee employment program will not only provide refugees with career opportunities and job training, but it also provides IKEA the opportunity to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where individual differences are celebrated.”

IKEA has a longstanding commitment of supporting refugees through humanitarian efforts with the IKEA Foundation. Since 2010, it has partnered with the UNHCR, helping to providing shelter, care and education to families and children in refugee camps and surrounding communities in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, in 2015, IKEA Canada supported Canada’s resettlement of Syrian refugees through a donation of $190,000 in home furnishings to aid families while they settled into their new homes. Through this program, IKEA Canada was able to support nearly 200 families from across the country.

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