Promoting Active Inclusion of Disadvantaged Persons Excluded from the Labour Market

The project’s overall objective is to increase the activation of persons at risk of social exclusion in the labour market by improving their skills, education, qualification and facilitating their full integration into the society and the labour market. This overarching objective is broken down into specific purposes involving concrete interventions on three fronts:

Purpose 1: Improve the efficiency of employment and social services as a way of promoting the social inclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups by assisting professionals from the Employment Centres and the Centres for Social Work in developing new skills as 'Mentors for Social Inclusion';

Purpose 2: Empower vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and give them the skills and experience required to break down the hurdles they encounter on their journeys into long-term work and independence through a pre-employment training programme and work placements or internships in local businesses and social enterprises;

Purpose 3: Foster improvements in service delivery by designing new family support services and referral mechanisms, raising public awareness, and developing effective partnerships among key stakeholders (local self-government units, governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations involved in service delivery, social partners, education and training providers) to produce results on the ground.

The project follows a comprehensive approach, combining different components: a) capacity building both for professionals and for vulnerable groups of people; b) awareness raising for the general public; and c) implementation of pilot practical activities. The crucial element where the major efforts have been invested is the implementation of pilot practical activities, in which a carefully designed Mentoring Programme was piloted for the first time in Macedonia, focusing on enhancing the employment processes of vulnerable groups of people. Despite the current economic situation, which refrains many companies from investing into new human resources, this programme was proven successful, since not only several beneficiaries participated to an internship programme, but also all project beneficiaries came closer to the private sector and potential employers, something that laid the ground for their inclusion into the labour market.

All project accomplishments were presented during the final conference which took place on July 11th 2017 at Hotel Porta, with the participation of representatives from various stakeholders, like the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Municipalities, Centers for Social Work, private companies and CSOs.

The project started on December 2015 and is moving towards its end, shifting the focus on one hand to capitalise and expand further the project outputs, while on the other hand, trying to find alternative scenarios for its continuation.

The basic achievements of this project in terms of milestones include:

  • 130 people belonging to different type disadvantaged groups have gained basic employability skills and have been brought closer to the private sector
  • 20 people went through the internship programme of this project
  • 80 professionals received training as social mentors, having their skills developed in how to provide mentoring to their beneficiaries within the SWCs and SEAs
  • More than 200 companies were informed about the value of involving people from disadvantaged backgrounds in their activities
  • A large part of the general public was sensitised about the importance of vulnerable people being included in the labour market

This project is implemented in the Republic of Macedonia within the frame of the Operational Programme for Human Resource Development 2007-2013 under the Instrument of Pre-Accession assistance.

Outputs of the project

KMOP Athens (HQ)

75, Skoufa str.
Athens 10680
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KMOP Skopje

St. 1737 № 24/9, 1st floor
Skopje 1000
North Macedonia
Tel.: +389 2 3144 199

KMOP Piraeus

1, Tzavella & Matrozou str.
Pireaus 18533
Tel.: +30 211 7201055
Fax: +30 211 7407525

KMOP Thessaloniki

3, Afroditis & Odysseos str.
Thessaloniki 54629
Tel.: +30 2310 534322

KMOP Pristina

Gustav Mayer 7/1
Prishtina 10000
Tel.: +381 (0)38 712 683

KMOP Chișinău

75 M. Kogalniceanu St.
Chisinau MD 2009
Republic of Moldova
Tel.: +373 67 224 222

KMOP Brussels

Rue de la Science, 14B
Brussels (Business Centre)

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