Being multilingual is an asset most of us would love to have, but it isn’t always possible. With thousands seeking refuge in the UK, what better than to take advantage of this augmentation of language? This is where Chatterbox comes in. A startup who are using the refugee ‘crisis’ as an advantage, ensuring those seeking refuge receive adequate opportunities. They are on a mission to eradicate all negative tendencies relating to refugees and highlight the untapped potential in the community.

There are over 117,000 people with refugee status living in the UK, and these people are more likely than average to be unemployed or underemployed, and to experience poor working conditions and unsociable hours. As well as discrimination against their overseas qualifications, they face barriers to finding skilled work in the UK because of a lack of UK work experience, and a lack of networks. Our social mission lies in the fact that we provide flexible, stimulating work that helps rather than hinders the career prospects of our tutors.

Chatterbox aim to combat discrimination, whilst  by training and employing refugees and asylum seekers to teach their native language – offering high quality, personalised language learning services to universities, businesses and people who with a genuine interest in learning new languages. Chatterbox selects and employs tutors who are qualified professionals, academics or teachers, all of whom are from refugee backgrounds, providing a richer and more immersive learning experience.

For those learning for business-related reasons, Chatterbox provide tailored training from those in that occupation – who better to learn Arabic for Engineering than an Arabic-speaking Engineer?

Chatterbox are ultimately an advantage to us all, giving refugees, who would have most likely been unemployed, good jobs. Whilst this is also beneficial to the UK itself, who are currently suffering from a deficit in language skills, which costs the economy an estimated £48 billion in missed trading opportunities. Maybe working on our language skills is something we should all do more of.

Check out Chatterbox here