Ethnic minority participation through education and employment
Roma inclusion is the theme of Roma-Net II, one of the three URBACT pilot networks, undertaking exchange and learning about the delivery of Local Action Plans. The Roma-Net partnership identified that Roma employability programmes were not always delivering the best results. For instance, in some of the partner cities there are actions delivered in a traditional employment and training format, which do not always provide the most effective approach or fit with the labour market for working age Roma. Find more about the results and lessons of the Roma Net II programme here!
ENAR published a European and 23 country-specific Shadow Reports in March 2014, with the support of PROGRESS (2007-2013), the Open Society Foundations and ENAR Foundation. A video presents the first findings of the reports and presents as well the first recommendations for EU memberstates: establishing standards on labour inspection, provide financial resources to NGOs, respect the "equal pay equal work" principle, etc. Watch the video on this link and share it!
On the 11th of June, the Ile-de-France representation to the EU will organize a seminar on the dynamics between the EU and local authorities for the intergation of Roma people. The Labour Plus project will be presented by Pascaline Gaborit, ENTP director, as an example of EU fund used by cities to promote labour inclusion of ethnic minorities. The agenda is available here.
A delegation of Labour Plus partners from Marburg and Santa Cruz travelled to Alt Empordà for a study visit dedicated to the Okup' Alt Programme. This initiative is promoted by Alt Empordà City Council. It enables young people to train during three months at different jobs to acquire new skills, helping them for their future insertion into labour market. Three groups of work are available: forestry, bricklayer and communication. The programme proposes public-private partnership which is a good opportunity to bring companies to unemployed young people. Click here to read more about the study visit.
Good Practices analysis is a comparative research method that aims to provide information on local public policies oriented to the integration of migrant or Roma population into de labour market and host countries. Partners of the Labour Plus Project have been identifying good practices in their territory during the first year of the project. In total, 22 good practices have been collected and then analyzed by the local authority of Alt Empordà and the University of Latvia. The report is available and the good practices are individually accessible on the activities' page.