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'New Skills - New Jobs' - helping people with reduced working capacity to get back to world of work
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project entitled ’New Skills – New Jobs – helping people with reduced working capacity to get back to the world of work’ is intended to be implemented by the Government Office of Békés County in an international partnership composed of 5 members, in cooperation with Cypriot, Spanish, Czech and Estonain organisations representing the interests of persons with reduced working capacity. In many countries of the European Union, including Hungary as well, the labour-market situation of persons with reduced working capacity is unfavourable, their employment rate is low. Low employment indicators can be traced back to several reasons, one of the most important is the lack of available qualifications, in addition lack of self-confidence deriving from being disadvantaged, the feeling of being excluded, being unmotivated because of becoming passive persons with reduced working capacity – mostly arising from frustration - and the lack of adequate jobs impedes their employment further. The project is justified by the fact that these problems are present in many countries, including the countries of project partners, where they also face similar problems. These problems are expected to be mitigated and addressed, and we are searching for possible alternatives to resolve them in an international cooperation during the project. Organisations participating in the partnership have been chosen consciously, it was important to involve organisations from different parts of Europe, thus we get a professionally and even culturally different insight into the barriers of employment regarding the target group and we can learn about model practices solving the problem. The members of the partnership apply new type of services, VET methods and best practices in their respective countries that other partners can transfer, adapt tailored to the local situation and incorporate into their everyday work when learning from each other. Learning from each other and exchanging knowledge greatly contribute to the shaping of our work methods and professionals’ approach, and to the expansion of their skills. The project is closely related to the ’VET: Enhancing access to training and qualifications for all through C-VET’ sector-specific priorities, and our top priority – in favor of equal opportunities – is to widen the access for persons with reduced working capacity to acquire qualification demanded by the labour-market within the context of adult education.Each partner is keen to mitigate the burden weighing on the indirect group in their own countries, thus with their dissemination activities they promote the broad dissemination of project activities during events and other meetings related to project activities, or on their websites. As the result of the project a ’collection of best practices’ will be realised and we formulate a recommendation to policy-makers in order to disseminate the results of the project nationally and incorporate these into everyday work.The direct target group of the project consists of leaders and colleagues of organisations responsible for education, VET and employment policy-making, while the indirect target group consists of persons with reduced working capacity and reduced mobility and are forced to course correction due to a change in their health status and need to acquire new qualifications, or don’t have any professional qualifications. The fact that the average level of education of people with reduced working capacity is well below the public average means that people with reduced working capacity only get into unqualified and usually poorly paid jobs. The objectives of the project are closely related to the aims and priorities of the Erasmus+ programme, it aims to increase the quality of VET, develop key competences and skills relevant to labour-market needs, and foster the co-operation between education and the world of work. During the two-year long project there will be six international meetings, during which we learn about each other’s methods, best practices and work together to widen the knowledge of professionals with relevant skills. After finishing the project the practices and methods learned from each other will greatly contribute to the improvement of the situation of members belonging to the target group, their active labour-market integration and to the improvement of the county’s employment situation. As a long-term effect the level of employment will increase while the number of unemployed people will decrease due to the results achieved.

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