Experience exchanges between employers and young adults from vulnerable groups

Between March and May, Health Action Overseas Foundation (HAO) has continued the series of experience exchanges between young adults from vulnerable groups looking for a job and potential employers.

Thus, on the 30 of March, four beneficiaries of LEAD project, interested in working in gardening, had the opportunity to meet with Olimpia Beli, administrator of Belian Group SRL (company specialised in landscaping), at the headquarters of the Services Center for Supported Employment from Constanța

The representative of the company talked to them about: the duties of a caretaker of green spaces, the work schedule, the seasonal nature of the activity (from March to November), the employment contract, the salary package, as well as about the tools and equipment used by employees. At the same time, she provided information about the company’s clients.

The young participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves and to talk about the reasons for attending the meeting, their previous work experiences, and their professional expectations.

Our beneficiaries made a good impression, so Camelia Beli offered them a trial period, in order to give them the chance to evaluate if they like the job and it is suitable for them.

On the 8thof May, four beneficiaries of LEAD project, alongside two relatives, participatedin experience exchange with Alexandru Sava, regional manager of Spartan Restaurant, one of the largest fast-food restaurant chains in Romania.

Our guest gave details about: kitchen worker profession and its challenges, the tasks that need to be performed, the utensils used by staff, and the protective equipment worn by employees.He also talked about: the work schedule, the salary package and the bonuses granted. In the second part of the meeting, the company’s representative answered of the participants’ questions. Alexandru Sava emphasized the openness of the Spartan’s management to hire pupils who want to work during the summer. In this respect, the regional manager pointed out the employer offer flexible working hours and the possibility of choosing a restaurant near their house.

Following this meeting, one of the four young adults, with culinary skills, was hired. In addition, Alexandru Sava offered to another beneficiary, a young man with mild mental retardation, a trial periodin order to evaluate if this job is suitable for him.

The project “Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability – LEAD” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.




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