Refugees and immigrants often face barriers to employment – particularly, limited English proficiency and the cultural knowledge necessary to enter and succeed in the American workforce. Many of those IINE serves have had unique experiences of persecution and flight, which disrupt skill development and work history.
Critical to IINE’s mission is to provide a pathway to durable self-sufficiency for refugees and new immigrants so they are able to build a foundation of support for themselves and their families. IINE helps immigrants and refugees enter the workforce and offers a range of skills training programs that prepare clients for better paying opportunities, careers, and advanced education.
At each site, IINE offers an integrated Refugee Employment Services model combining English language instruction, employment services and industry skills training, and support services coordination. We provide newly-arrived refugee adults and other new immigrants with multi-level English language instruction with a focus on vocational preparation, and work to rapidly equip clients with the language skills and cultural knowledge needed to successfully enter the workforce. Our goal is to help beneficiaries pursue their educational and career goals in order to gain entry to better jobs, vocational training, and/or higher education.
Each year, IINE trains and places over 650 refugees and immigrants into the Massachusetts and New Hampshire workforce.
Learn more about our additional employment programs below.