A 1-year pilot project aimed at helping more members of Glasgow’s Chinese community into work is being officially launched today (Thursday) by the West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).
In partnership with the Chinese Healthy Living Centre and the Glasgow West Regeneration Agency, the West Glasgow CHCP is trying to break down the barriers that are currently preventing greater numbers of Chinese Glaswegians from playing a full part in the workforce.
The Chinese Employment Project’s Employability Advisor Shian Xu has already begun working with the Chinese community and has so far helped around 30 in the first few weeks of the project. He says a few small steps could make an enormous difference: “There are a great many Chinese people in Glasgow who are hard-working, well-educated and well-qualified but yet they aren’t properly represented in our workforce.
“Research done by our colleagues at the Chinese Healthy Living Centre indicates that – based on their sample of 350 people – around 40% of Chinese people who work in Glasgow are in the catering trade. Now, research shows around 30% of Chinese Glaswegians are in full-time education, so they may very well be qualified to enter any number of professions, and we want to encourage that to happen.
The 2001 census estimates there are 4000 permanent Chinese residents in Glasgow and another 10,000 Chinese people who travel to work within the Greater Glasgow area. The Chinese Employment Project hopes to build awareness of mainstream employment opportunities and to encourage more Chinese Glaswegian university graduates to apply for posts relevant to their degrees.
Shian Xu added: “By working together we can match the right employees with the right employer. For individuals, we can provide language classes, training, help to put together a CV and mock interviews. For employers we can offer information, advice and support – we can help them out with cultural differences and help them find the right people for the job.”
Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Tom Divers said: “This initiative reflects NHSGGC’s commitment to working in partnership at all levels to reduce health inequalities, and our commitment to promote equal access to employment and training. I’m sure the lessons learned from this project will be very valuable in the months and years to come.”