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English Proficiency: Pilot Project and Undergrad Degree

english proficiency: Syrian refugee Mohammed Hakmi has been offered an IT job with Kitchener-based tech firm Bonfire Interactive, according to Toronto Star. SUPPLIED PHOTO Kris Braun, director of engineering for Kitchener-based Bonfire Interactive, called the pilot project a win-win for everyone involved. Not only does it help pull displaced migrants out of poverty, it alleviates labour shortages in western countries by providing them with skilled workers. SUPPLIED PHOTO Since its 2016 inception, Talent Beyond Boundaries TBB has vetted and developed skill profiles for more than 10,000 refugees now in Lebanon and Jordan 30 per cent of them with an undergrad degree or above and half with intermediate to full English proficiency. We need to change the narrative of the way we view refugees as unskilled and uneducated, said Bruce Cohen, a former counsel in the U.S. Senate, who co-founded the organization with his wife Mary Louise Cohen, also a lawyer. The talent pool includes people from 200 professions, the majority with a background in engineering, health care, IT, teaching, accounting and university education. ( As reported in the news.