As part of the “MoreThanAJob” project, the 6 partners of MoreThanAJob consortium announced a call for proposals on May 20, 2021 for all collaboration projects between social and solidarity economy actors and public administrations aiming at improving social and welfare services to the most vulnerable segments of the population in order to increase the latter's opportunities for social and work integration.
On February 16, Business Consultancy and Training Services BCTS – Lebanon coordinated a teleconference for “MoreThanAJob” project, with the attendance of different partners, sub-grantees, and stakeholders to discuss the project's framework and to supervise the implementation of the selected 10 projects aimed to help the unemployed, uneducated and refugees.
Insightful speeches were delivered by Dr. Esmat Karadsheh (Mediteranean office coordinator), Eng Mohammad Itani (Focal point in Lebanon), Ms. Duaa Quri, and Mr Alessandro Zedda from JTS.
The 10 winning projects presented their projects as following:
“Orjuwan” Fostering The Economic Empowerment of Fresh Female Graduates (From The Marginalized Areas) and Preparing them to Enrol In the Labour Market: Partners for Sustainable Development PSD
The project aims at empowering 50 Palestinian youth through professional programs in the field of graphic design and digital marketing, fostering their capacities of self-employment, providing networking opportunities and encouraging their entrepreneurship.
Economic Empowerment of Poor Women from Less Fortunate Families: Civil Society of Nablus Governorate (CSNG)
The second winning project aims at empowering women from disadvantaged backgrounds who financially support their families by making homemade products or other domestic activities. Through this project, these women will be involved in training activities and programs on how to make their homemade products financially rewarding.
Artigianato Interculturale - NOZ : CRESM
The project addressed the working conditions of the street-sellers in Palermo, focusing in particular on the ones with a migrant background. It aims at promoting the renewal of their business model in a sustainable, ethical and legal perspective.
The project will develop their entrepreneurial and handicraft competences in order to foster the production of creative works. Selling those kind products will improve the quality of their merchandise, thus opening up the possibility of increasing the profit.
The project will offer:
· Training courses on digital and traditional handicraft, in particular with biomaterials
· An information service on ethical and sustainable entrepreneurship
The Game: Per Esempio ONLUS
The project envisages the launch of activities aiming to raise the levels of social and labour inclusion of migrants, to strengthen collaborative relationships between SSE and PA, to enhance social and welfare services addressed to young and adult migrants. To achieve this, the project will:
· Create an employment orientation desk and peer-to-peer career guidance services, which will be located in different places of the city centre
· Organise four Italian language laboratories with a particular focus on vocabulary related to the labour market
· Organise four job orientation workshops
· Develop promotional brunches to provide information on the services as well as to foster socialisation among the participants
Diary and Cheese production : Shehan Charitable Society
This project aims to promote income and social solidarity of the unemployed youth, poor families and Syrian refugees who lives in the area. The project consists of two phases; phase one is to provide training courses to the target group to be able to produce the products of the sheep's milk. The duration of the 1st is approximately 45 days. However, the training and supervising will continue in the 2nd phase. In the 2nd phase, the necessary equipment and raw material (milk) required will be provided to the target groups. The raw material will be purchased from the sheep owners in the area. The production process will be supervised by the association for each family. At the end the marketing process will be provided to the producers for the market and neighboring areas.
Social Solidarity Economy Values and Principles: Education and Training: International Support for Applied Scientific Research
The main aim of this project is to understand the topic Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a transversal movement, linking values and principles to collective actions and practices. At the end, trainees from various geographical regions in Jordan will understand the dynamics of SSE, as well as they will be able to distinguish SSE from other economical dynamics. They will also be equipped with the main knowledge, as well as basic competences, to implement those values and principles into practice and collective action.
Educate Your Future- EdAct – KMOP - Social Action and Innovation Centre
Considering the increase regarding the unemployment rate in Greece, as an important consequence of the occurrence of the pandemic, and the overall dimension of this phenomenon is apparent that is imperative to implement drastic measures. It is crucial to investigate methods and tools that will contribute to the short-term solution of the problem but at the same time will be a suitable ground for the long-term prevention of similar future risks. The project "Educate and Act - EdAct' has been designed to respond to this socio-economic phenomenon, taking into account current trends in the labour market, taking full advantage of the possibilities that technology offers. Specifically, it is built on the creation of a website that will provide specialized courses (seminars, workshops, etc.) in the areas of the labour market where there is a gap between skills needs and demands.
Guide your Career “GuideCar” : Symplexis
GuideCar mentorship program will give their beneficiaries the opportunity to develop the career, leadership and diversity of skills they need to succeed in a dynamic global workforce. After extensive research, this project will establish formal best practices to drive program success among the vulnerable groups. Program operates under strict parameters and defined goals. Program even features orientation sessions where program participants develop the skills necessary to maintain mutually beneficial relationships. In this project, beneficiaries and employees will partner with senior managers and executives from both of the SEE and PA Sector, who set career goals and plans across business, HR, and IT departments, will be the target group.
Carving out a better path forward: PHI Group
This project intends to address the inequalities present within the Lebanese Labor market particularly in the most deprived areas in Lebanon. Through implementing this project, PHI Group will cultivate new sets of skills and qualifications amongst under-skilled workers, especially those coming from less privileged areas in Lebanon. Given the current situation in Lebanon from economic instability and crisis to political instability to the increase in unemployment rates especially in low-skilled labor, the under-skilled have suffered a lot and have lost their jobs.
PHI Group will be providing help and support to those who are deeply affected by the situation in the country through offering health and safety in the workplace awareness sessions, vocational trainings for under skilled labor and soft skills trainings in order to achieve the following:
Psychosocial and economic resilience of women in deprived areas “PSER4W “ : Common effort
Throughout this project, Common Effort will be promoting social cohesion through the strengthening of the psychosocial state and economic resilience of women in deprived areas.
After carefully assessing the situation in Lebanon, Common effort will be targeting Vulnerable Women and girls from different rural areas who are the most affected by the ongoing aftermath of the political and socio-economic crisis in Lebanon (Socio-economic collapse, ongoing uprisings, a debt crisis, Beirut’s port explosion, rising political instability, Covid-19 global pandemic…)
Common Effort will be supporting those vulnerable women by providing them with primary and essential protection services throughout peer-to-peer counselling sessions, and throughout their integration in the labor market by initiating income generation and employment opportunities.
To achieve this particular goal, Common Effort will aim to focus on those three crucial components;
The participants, Partners and Subgrantees, agreed during the teleconference to continue the collaboration and set further meetings in order to discuss the progress of each project and to achieve the purpose of MoreThanAJob framework.