Motivation for Employment
800 persons belonging to vulnerable groups will benefit of specialized support for accessing the labour market
HRS as Partner, along with Motivation Romania Foundation, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, Goals UK CIC, Special Olympics Romania Foundation have launched the project “Motivation for Employment” (Motivare pentru Ocupare) dedicated to persons belonging to vulnerable groups who need to access the labour market in Romania. The project is co-financed from European Social Fund through Operational Sectorial Program Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013 – Invest in people! (POSDRU/165/6.2/S/140197).
The main objective of this project is to facilitate the inclusion of the main vulnerable groups through specialized services designed to enhance their professional potential development and free access to professional training. The project is to be implemented in Bucharest-Ilfov, North-East, South-West, South-East and South-Muntenia, starting 29.04.2014 for a period of 18 months.
By this project, 800 persons (people with disabilities, youth over 18 leaving the child protection system and Roma people) will improve their personal and professional competencies and their ability to identify the proper job. They will benefit of the following services: information and counselling, motivation, professional training, labour market mediation and accompanying to the workplace. Beneficiaries will be guided to follow trainings and re-qualification programs for jobs that are available on current labour market.
In addition, we will cooperate with 400 specialists in order to eliminate prejudices and stereotypes and create positive expectations about the potential social and professional integration of vulnerable groups. Specialists are representatives of public agencies / private social services providers of employment counselling for vulnerable groups, local government structures and NGOs, volunteers, employees and managers of local companies.
The project started with an assessment process of the three above mentioned vulnerable groups. Results showed that these are characterized by a low level of personal and professional skills. For example, the educational system creates major disadvantages for people with disabilities (incidence of non-schooling is 7 times higher than the general population and early dropout rate is 2 times higher (source: Report of Academic Society of Romania – “Diagnosis: excluded from the labour market – Barriers to employment of people with disabilities “, 2009).
Similarly, if young Romanians generally have a difficult situation regarding the employment, those who leave the child protection system must face also the lack of support networks and poor independent life skills (“Study on the situation of young people who leave protection child “, 2005, issued by the National Institute for Scientific Research on Labour and Social Protection). As Roma children, they have 6 times more risks to drop out of school (“Early school leaving – causes and effects”, Roma Education Fund, 2013).
These situations have as results a low employment rate: the employment rate of disabled people (who have the legal age and ability to work) is 12%, well below the general population (around 60% in recent years) and the average disabled people in many EU countries (50%), according to the SAR Report. Young people who leave the protection system “often do not know to practice a profession”, being exposed to unemployment. The Roma population’s employment rate is only 36% (“Civil Society Report on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy and Action Plan for the Decade in Romania in 2012”).
On the other hand, we found potential problems in the general perception of social and professional integration of vulnerable groups. Vulnerable groups are often faced with indifference or discrimination by employers, general public and professionals regarding their employment potential, the main role assigned to them being of beneficiaries of social assistance system.
The project will meet those needs by increasing the number of professional y trained and qualified people; increasing relevancy of professional qualification in labour market dynamics, implementation of an innovative motivation and attitude improvement program, improvement of specialists’ attitude and increase of employment rate of vulnerable groups.
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One of the main objectives of our organization is to establish the premises for the development of a society that will not bring into question aspects such as protection measures, support and opportunities generator initiatives as being exceptional situations, but as being part of everyday normality. HRS sustains a structure of social economy that promotes social inclusion of people with disabilities and supports the inclusion of those exposed to social exclusion.