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.


Quantitative goals:

  • The project aims at finding jobs for at least 60 people over its duration.

  • A forwarding placement is to be obtained for 30 people.

  • Training or retraining is to be obtained for 20 people.

  • Six people are to be started off as entrepreneurs.

  • Four people are to continue working on subsidized wages.

  • Support (counselling) is to be given to 10 organisations, thus providing 10 new jobs.

  • In 2008, the project aims at taking on about 27 new participants.





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.


These are some of the key words:


  • New opportunities of finding employment (social enterprises)

  • Learning at work

  • Individual, tailor-made solutions

  • Information-production through assessment

  • New lines of activities

  • Bringing know-how to the fore

  • Collaboration

  • More equal starting-points


Target groups and beneficiaries

The project is targeted at long-term unemployed people who are under 40 years of age and are, for one reason or another, without vocational education and are interested in recycling activities.



Käytäntö oppimisen avaimeksi ‘Practice Key to Learning’:

The participants are directed to the project by various partners (See “partners”). For each participant, a personal learning plan is devised to be implemented at the recycling points administered by the Active Job Seekers’ Association.

The subproject has the following partners:

  • The Adult Education Centre of the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium

  • The Labour Force Service Centre of the Joensuu Region

  • JOSEK Oy Ltd

  • Active Job Seekers and the lay work section of the Federation of Evangelic Lutheran Parishes of Joensuu


The goals of the subproject are the following:

  • to develop the assessment and certification of job competence in recycling work


  • to discover new methods and produce assessment-based knowledge so as to create new forms of training that take each individual’s hindrances to being trained into consideration


  • to coach the participants, by means of the action-learning method, to gain qualifications for new tasks (e.g. social enterprises).


Contact information:

Kaija Nuutinen,

Executive Director in charge of the project

Tel. +358 13 220 603 or +358 50 553 9563

email: firstname.surname@kaytanto.fi

Sirpa Pajarinen,

Job Coach

Tel. +358 13 220 601 or +358 50 550 8317

email: firstname.surname@kaytanto.fi

Esa Sallinen,

Job Coach

Tel. +358 50 550 8316

email: firstname.surname@kaytanto.fi

Risto Määttänen

lay work section, Evangelic Lutheran Parish of Joensuu

Tel. +358 50 385 5137

email: risto.maattanen@evl.fi

Juhani Vuorela,

Project Assistant

Tel. +358 50 437 2826

email: firstname.surname@kaytanto.fi

Further information:

International activities

City of Joensuui

Evangelic Lutheran Parish of Joensuu


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Updated 20 March 2008