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Afghan refugees to carers

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ONE of Britain’s largest providers of care for people in their homes on Thursday committed to training 500 Afghanista­n refugees to work as carers.

Cera, which currently employs more than 6000 staff across more than 70 offices in England, Scotland and Wales, hopes to recruit the refugees arriving under Britain’s resettleme­nt program over the next five years.

The start-up, founded in 2016, provides services such as social care, nursing and repeat prescripti­ons for people in their own home, carrying out more than 30,000 visits each day.

“Over the next five years, our goal is to support them in this journey by offering a pathway into not only gainful employment, but an enormously rewarding career in one of the UK’s most important sectors,” said Ben Maruthappu, cofounder and chief executive of Cera.

“If we can play even a small role in helping those arriving from Afghanista­n, that’s an opportunit­y we’re keen to grasp with both hands,” he added.

The company said in a statement it would work with councils and government to provide training.

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