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Somali graduates face barriers in career equality, says Tower Hamlets Council

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 October 2018

Students at Tower Hamlets Council's 2017 Somali jobs fair. Picture: Carmen Valino/LBTH

Students at Tower Hamlets Council's 2017 Somali jobs fair. Picture: Carmen Valino/LBTH

Carmen Valino

Somali graduates are finding it hard to get jobs where they can use their university qualifications, shock findings by Tower Hamlets Council has revealed.

A Somali ‘task force’ set up by the council is now pressing to improve equality and employment prospects.

It asked the East London Business Alliance to create a Somali graduate scheme for those getting university degrees since 2010 but are finding themselves “unemployed or underemployed”.

Mayor John Biggs said: “This new graduate scheme is addressing some of the concerns raised about access to employment opportunities.”

Graduates are being encouraged during Somali Week, which started on Monday, to join the scheme to get access to degree-level jobs and internships and to network with employers.

The council-funded programme is aimed at giving them a better chance to “make the most effective use” of their qualifications as they move from university into careers.

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