A better future through individualised support and advice – A chance for young people suffering from long-term unemployment
The pilot project, ’Chance Zukunft’ is embarking on new ways to encourage those youngsters furthest from the labour market to go (back) to school, training or work. The Berufsbildungswerke (vocational education organisations), Niederrhein and Volmarstein contribute with a range of individually targeted offers of assistance.This includes things such as rock climbing or forklift licence courses but also outreach social work.
Under this pilot project, CJD-Berufsbildungswerk Niederrhein are providing a total of 32 places. There are three mobile counselling centres for outreach activities. ‘The pilot project is hugely popular amongst participants’, says project manager, Katrin Geurds, ‘and turnover is fairly low’. Some things that stand out are designed to give participants their moment of success and boost self-esteem. They include visits to a climbing centre or the chance to obtain a forklift operator licence.
Berufsbildungswerk Volmarstein are providing no fewer than 20 placements. Here, too, individualised support, adventure training and social work play a key role in reaching out to participants and leading them back to society and the working world. ‘We differ from JobCentres in that we are able to work on a one-on-one basis and give support to individuals with burdening issues. This might include helping them hunt for a flat or visit a doctor’, says Roland Kompalka, the manager of the project.
Under the pilot project, ‘Chance Zukunft’ , an alliance of vocational education organisations (Berufsbildungswerke) is providing a compact package of advice and support, focussing on one-on-one interaction and coaching, career orientation and low-threshold outreach activities. This pilot project is financed by the NRW Government, the European Social Fund and contribution from 28 regional JobCentres. The youngsters remain in the project for two years or until follow-on employment is found.