Training and Support for Labour Market Integration of Socially Excluded Persons

The project ESF 20 - Training and Support for Labour Market Integration of Socially Excluded Persons, was lead by the Foundation for Social Welfare Services in collaboration with the Employment and Training Corporation.

The aim of this EU funded project was to achieve a measured increase in employability of persons at risk of social exclusion, as well as to assist them in the achievement of gainful occupation mainly through the scaling up of qualifications and assistance to retain employment. Such training and employment would provide the individual with a real and rewarding job, and the dignity and security that accompanies employment.

This ESF 20 project was specifically aimed to address the Foundation for Social Welfare Services’ (which includes Aġenzija Appoġġ, Aġenzija Sedqa and Aġenzija Sapport), priorities by identifying those groups that are at risk of social exclusion and targets them for intervention. Such groups include youths living or leaving institutional care or foster care, persons who were traumatised in childhood or adolescence through experiences of abuse, single mothers and victims of domestic violence, persons with disability and/or mental health problems, persons who have been in correctional facilities and therapeutic centres, and homeless people.

The project consisted of 3 phases, with the first stage seeing to the training of staff from the Foundation for Social Welfare Services and other professionals from NGOs, in supporting individuals when preparing for work interviews, how to provide them with assistance, how to carry out advocacy with employers and how to help clients and employers access ETC schemes that facilitate the employment of the above mentioned individuals.

The second phase of the project consisted of dissemination of information about the project including information packs for mentors and beneficiaries; the third stage consisted of the social mentoring phase with persons seeking employment in collaboration with the Employment and Training Corporation.