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New Programme successfully helps unemployed Hungarians to find a job

2. December 2016

Tackling unemployment is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century and a global challenge.

While the unemployment rate in Hungary is decreasing continually (as of September 2016 there are 226 thousand registered unemployed in Hungary, meaning 4.9% of the population does not have a job[1]), for people with disadvantages it is still very difficult to get into the labor market and for the most part they are the last to be employed.

Incorpora is a highly successful programme creating sustainable employment, which was developed and launched by “la Caixa” Foundation in Spain in 2006. In the last decade, nearly ten thousand companies, 370 partner NGOs and almost 100 thousand jobseekers have joined the initiative. In June 2016 Incorpora Hungary, now initiated jointly by ERSTE Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation and adapted to local conditions, was launched in Hungary with six participating NGOs.

The goal of the programme is to help the most vulnerable, such as the physically or mentally disabled or people living in poverty, back into the labor market, and to lay down the foundations of a sustainable employment pattern, through which the disadvantaged workers could be employed.

During the programme, professional integration managers support the work of both the employing companies and the jobseekers to ensure a successful employment. Assessing recruitment needs, determining the job profiles according to the needs of the company, supporting the screening and selection, as well as the integration process, and later monitoring are all part of the process. What makes Incorpora Hungary a unique programme is the fact that NGOs who usually work on their own to integrate people in the job market, joined forces on a platform. They are working together by sharing knowledge, experience, and expertise to integrate disadvantaged people with various backgrounds. The experts who support the job integration are financed by the programme.

In the past five months, already 90[2] disadvantaged persons could find a job with the help of Incorpora:

  • 36 disabled persons
  • 36 persons living in poverty
  • 5 disadvantaged young people
  • 13 disadvantaged women (long term unemployed and above the age of 45)

All of them have been integrated back into the labour market. The majority got employed in the service sector, especially at food chains and catering facilities carrying out administrative duties and semi-skilled work.

24 companies have joined Incorpora Hungary since the launch of the initiative. The programme provides many advantages also for employers involved since Incorpora offers financial and human resource options that can greatly affect a company’s competitiveness. The hiring of disadvantaged people contributes to a motivated workforce, while by employing people with changed working ability, young or disadvantaged workers, companies can get tax reliefs which will reduce their expenditure. Companies joining Incorpora could become members of the Incorpora Club through which they could take part in professional trainings and workshops furthering their competency.

The Incorpora Hungary team produced results above expectation, the initial target was 100 employed people in the first year, and already before the mid-term of the project the results are very close to the final target. On behalf of the companies, what we can observe is that it is sometimes challenging to attract companies in the project, but once they are convinced, they are willing to employ more than one person.”- said Franz Karl Prüller, Senior Advisor to the Board, ERSTE Foundation.

According to Gyöngyvér Kiss, Director of Incorpora Hungary’s coordinating NGO, Civil Impact, the real reason of the programme’s competitiveness is that the participating NGOs operate as a network. “The dedicated hard work of the participating NGOs is what makes the programme so successful and the fact that we operate as a network, meaning we can represent more disadvantaged target groups at once. Thanks to “la Caixa” Foundation and ERSTE Foundation, all of our labor market services are free, as a result we can help the recruitment and selection process, and the preparation and insertion of the disadvantaged employer from the very beginning. Our service provides continuous follow-up

 

for the company and its employee, which can help with workforce retention in the long run. It is a great pleasure that Incorpora Hungary met with such a positive reception, which definitely gives the feedback that all kind of support and labor market programmes aimed to help people in need are necessary.

Viktória Molnár got her job at Costa Café through Salva Vita Foundation, where she works since July. „I really love my job, where I’m trying to give my best every day. Whenever I need help, I can always count on my co-workers but I’m still maintaining the relationship with Salva Vita Foundation.” said the mentally disabled 24 year old girl.

The Incorpora Programme was launched by the “la Caixa” Foundation in Spain in 2006 to improve the socio-occupational integration of marginalised people and those at risk of social exclusion, creating opportunities for employment within ordinary companies with support and follow-up by technical staff in the programme,” refers Mireia Ingelmo Torres of “la Caixa” Foundation on the programme developed first in Spain and then adopted to the Hungarian situation. “The experience of the programme since 2006 has been truly enriching for all parties: clients, companies, social organisations, technical personnel working at these organisations and the different agents in the regions that collaborate with the various actions of the Incorpora Programme.”

Incorpora Hungary’s coordinating NGO:

  • As Incorpora Hungary’s coordinating NGO, Civil Impact facilitates the common objectives set by the mediator organizations and the employers’.

NGOs participating in Incorpora Hungary:

  • GAK Nonprofit Limited Liability
    • Integration of disadvantaged women.
  • Integration of people affected by poverty.
  • Integration of physically disabled people and people with other disabilities.
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  • Integration of psychologically disabled people and other disabilities.

Incorpora Hungary is jointly supported by ERSTE Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation.

 

Note to editors:

Contact:

ERSTE Foundation

Hajnalka Bessenyei

hajnalka.bessenyei@impacthub.ro

Civil Impact

Gyöngyvér Kiss

kiss.gyongyver@civilimpact.hu

ERSTE Foundation

In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Currently, ERSTE Foundation is the main shareholder of Erste Group. It is an effective partner of a strong and confident civil society in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The foundation dedicates part of its dividends to enabling civil society and the inclusion of socially disadvantaged groups and to supporting contemporary and socially engaged art. ERSTE Foundation promotes engagement with critical societal developments by artists and cultural producers and mediates their works to a wider public.

http://www.erstestiftung.org/

„la Caixa” Foundation

With a budget of 500 million EUR, ”la Caixa” Foundation reached out to 9.9 million people last year through the 46,209 initiatives. The activities promoted by the Foundation revolve around three main strategic lines of action: social outreach; research; and culture and education. The new Strategic Plan 2016-2019 launched by ”la Caixa” Foundation clearly reflects the organisation’s commitment to increasing the annual budget devoted to social programmes. This budget will reach a total of 2,060 million EUR over the next four years. The Programme has also been implemented in parts of Morocco, Poland and Hungary. Many more countries could benefit from Incorpora in a society as globalised as today’s. The program will therefore continue and, without doubt, will be an interesting source of learning to help enrich the model.

https://obrasociallacaixa.org/en/home

[1] https://www.ksh.hu/docs/eng/xftp/gyor/mun/emun1609.html

[2] Statistics as of November 15