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2021 🚀

Time to look ahead.

Announcing two EU Partnerships 🤝

🇩🇪 We are proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Jobs4Refugees — a social impact organisation based in Berlin. Jobs4Refugees aims to help refugees find work and apprenticeships. Together with companies such as Foodora, Zalando, and Starbucks, they support a successful transition between refugees and employers across Germany.

We will conduct a joint Berlin pilot program in 2021 to provide technical Salesforce skills, soft skills, job workshops, and job application training to optimally prepare participants for starting their careers.

🇫🇷 We are also excited to announce a multi-year partnership with Serve the City, Paris. As part of an English speaking global network of volunteers, Serve the City Paris is focused on helping asylum seekers, refugees, the homeless and underprivileged foreigners in Paris.

The aim of these pilot programs is to provide refugees with access to marketable skills, help them find work or internships, and ultimately improve their livelihoods and integration. Stay tuned!

2020 DreamTX Golden Hoodie ✨ ✨ ✨

President & CMO of Salesforce, Sarah Franklin, presented this award to our co-founder, Gaspar Rodriguez, during DreamTX 2020.

Golden Hoodie winners are those who inspire others, are committed to learning, have love for their community, and pay it forward through innovation. We are incredibly honored for this recognition!

Read about Gaspar’s journey

Winter Program — Amsterdam

We are excited to start our first training program of the year in March 2021. We have received many applicants from across The Netherlands and are currently reviewing applications. The full class will be announced in early March 👨‍💻 👩‍💻

🎥 ICYMI: Talent Alliance Spotlight

The Salesforce Talent Alliance connects partners to Salesforce candidates and brings new talent into the ecosystem, emphasising building a diverse workforce that reflects society around the globe.

As a Salesforce Training program, we were featured during the January Spotlight together with our recruitment partner, NewMotion.

“Start immediately. If I could do one thing different, I would have done it years earlier. Take the jump because it’s a great cause and you get really good talent. Don’t wait.” — Tom van Eijl, Engineering Manager at NewMotion

Watch the full recording here

We are hiring!

We are seeking a freelance Grant Writer to lead our efforts in securing funds that will support our mission over the coming years. We aim to deepen the current training curriculum, broaden our course offerings to cover additional development tracks. Moreover, we seek to further professionalize the organization by investing in key elements such as branding; storytelling; marketing; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Interested in joining our team or know someone who would be a good fit? Send a brief introduction and resume to: (or share with your networks!)

We thank you for your continued support! — Team RefugeeForce



RefugeeForce invests in the skilled, motivated, and diverse asylum seeker and status holder population who struggle to find employment matching their interests, experience, and ambitions.

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Gaspar Rodriguez

Possibilist. Salesforce MVP and Golden Hoodie Winner. Founder @ Blue Road Academy