IDEAS IN MOTION
The Employment Office ---> The Labour Force Service Centre ---> Active Job Seekers (registered association) / the IDEAS IN MOTION Project ---> placement in enterprises ---> finding employment.
Among the jobless there are many people who have ideas and resources for becoming entrepreneurs as well and thus employing themselves. In working life and entrepreneurship there are regulations, routines, obligations and responsibilities, but also rights, which are not mastered. The project is administered by Active Job Seekers, registered association, and its target area is the Joensuu Region and the operating area of the regional development company JOSEK Oy Ltd.
The target group comprises people who have been unemployed for a long time (300 – 500 days) and have realistic chances of finding employment in the open labour market.
The leading idea is that the participants get to demonstrate their skills to the entrepreneurs without risk. On the other hand, jobless people can get business counselling free of charge from the Joensuu Regional Development Company Ltd (JOSEK Oy).
Referrals to participate in the project come from the Employment Office and the Labour Force Service Centre to Active Job Seekers, who interview the persons. The persons are on the payroll of Active Job Seekers (on subsidized wages) and work in enterprises. The threshold to becoming employed full time becomes considerably lower in this way. Some of the persons will be working in recycling at the places of business of Active Job Seekers.
Active Job Seekers are implementing the project in collaboration with JOSEK Oy Ltd, the City of Joensuu, the Employment Office of the Joensuu Region, the Labour Force Service Centre of the Joensuu Region, the North Karelia Adult Education Centre, and the Federation of Evangelic Lutheran Parishes of Joensuu.
THE TARGET GROUP
The target group consists, firstly, of long-term (300 – 500 days) unemployed people with realistic resources for finding employment in the open labour market and, secondly, organisations that need counselling in order to be better prepared to offer new jobs to long-term unemployed people.
The aim for 2008 is to start with 30 people and find a forwarding placement in enterprises for 15 of them. In 2008 the mode of operation is rooted into three organisations in the travel-to-work area.
SUPPORT TO ORGANISATIONS
The Association offers support to organisations that have the opportunity of using higher wage subsidies to employ people but do not have sufficient information on the requirements placed on the employer. The Association of Active Job Seekers is in a position to offer counselling on the employer’s role, and the development company JOSEK Oy Ltd can give jobless people counselling and guidance on “entrepreneurship.”
3Through this action, 10 new jobs for long-term unemployed people will be created in the region during the 3-year project. The goal for 2008 is four new jobs.
PARTNERS AND THEIR ROLES IN THE PROJECT
The project is implemented in cooperation among the Joensuu Region Employment Office, the Labour Force Service Centre of the Joensuu Region, JOSEK Oy Ltd, the North Karelia Adult Education Centre, various enterprises, different organisations (e.g. The Paths to Businesses Project of the Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health), and Active Job Seekers. Participants are referred to the project by the Joensuu Region Employment Office and the Labour Force Service Centre of the Joensuu Region.
ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING
In the assessment, results at the level of the individual are assessed by means of forms specifically designed for the purpose. The project is also monitored by a steering group (to be appointed). To aid the monitoring, the group will use budgets, operating plans, financial statements, auditing accounts, etc. The project can also be used as a learning environment for students oriented towards the field. The participants will also be assessed by means of a set of forms developed for job competence assessment (accessible, in Finnish and English, at www.kaytanto.fi/kysely).r
OPT IN TO WORK – an EQUAL project to improve the employment situation in the Joensuu Region Subproject Käytäntö oppimisen avaimeksi ‘Practice Key to Learning’ (2004 - 2007)
Opt in to Work - EQUAL is an umbrella project funded partly by the European Social Fund (ESF) and administered by the Personnel Department of the City of Joensuu. It consists of five subprojects: Polku työmarkkinoille ‘The Path to the Labour Market’ (the Joensuu Region Employment Office), Yhteisölliset työt ‘Communal jobs’ (North Karelia Villages), Vertaisvoima käyttöön ‘Peer Support’ (Finnish Central Association for Mental Health), Arviointi ja tutkimus ‘Assessment and research’ (University of Joensuu / Karelian Reseach Institute), and Käytäntö oppimisen avaimeksi ‘Practice Key to Learning’ (Active Job Seekers), which was planned by Active Job Seekers and the lay work section of the Evangelic Lutheran Parish of Joensuu. It is administered by Active Job Seekers and coordinated in collaboration with the lay work section of the Evangelic Lutheran Parish of Joensuu.
Target groups and beneficiaries
avaimeksi ‘Practice Key to Learning’:
The subproject has the following partners:
The goals of the subproject are the following:
Updated 20 March 2008