Over 100 businesses have come forward wanting to hire Ukrainian refugees when they arrive in the UK, including supermarket giants Tesco, Iceland and Aldi.
High street shops Marks and Spencer, Lush and River Island have also expressed their desire to take part in the initiative, being devised by businesswoman Emma Sinclair.
“For refugees, when they have got somewhere it’s one thing to have accommodation but quite another thing to be able to feed your family and work,” Sinclair, who is chief executive of Enterprise Alumni, told the Mail Online.
“There are millions of jobs available in the UK and it will benefit the economy.”
The UK is facing a shortage of over a million workers, leading many businesses to rethink their recruitment strategies, increase pay and expand their search for recruits.
Sinclair says she spoke to minister for refugees Richard Harrington this week about her plan and the backing it has received from businesses. Harrington described how the government’s first step is to help Ukrainian refugees in to the UK and find a place to stay under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. More than 100,000 people have already signed up to that.