Yemeni engineer Omar Alhuraibi had a career spanning two decades, but struggled to find work in the UK industry
Omar Alhuraibi is an engineer with some 20 years’ experience as a construction project manager in the UAE.
He was born in Yemen, a country ravaged by civil war since 2014.
Several years ago, he sought asylum in the UK to rejoin his family, and was successful, but he struggled to have his skills, experience, and qualifications recognised.
That meant he faced menial work at a time when the UK construction industry was crying out for people like him.
His story has a happy ending, as he tells Cristina Lago in this month’s 21CC podcast.
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He loves his work and can’t imagine life without it.
RefuAid helps refugees find the work they are qualified to do.
The charity explained that there are many like Alhuraibi who could be contributing to society with their skills, but who face severe underemployment because they lack UK experience and employers struggle to understand their qualifications.
They include engineers like Alhuraibi, plus neurosurgeons, teachers, lawyers, and more.
Could the UK construction sector be overlooking a rich talent pool?