IKEA reaches out to refugee recruits

BURLINGTON, Ont. — IKEA Canada has announced the launch of a national program aimed at employing 250 refugees over the next three years. Building on a pilot program begun last June, the national program will operate through partnerships with 18 local agencies who will help the company reach and recruit refugees seeking employment, as well as providing support and advice to help them succeed as IKEA workers. “Our national refugee employment program will not only provide refugees with career opportunities and job training,” President Michael Ward said in a release, “but it also provides IKEA the opportunity to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where individual differences are celebrated.”