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Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment


Hands of a carpenter at work
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The Czech NGO ‘Vzájemné soužití’ is organising trade qualification and retraining courses for the long-term unemployed in the east of the Czech Republic. The partly ESF-funded project mainly targets Roma.

According to the ‘Vzájemné soužití’, trades and crafts give long-term jobseekers in the Ostrava and Karviná region a good chance to re-enter the workforce.

With current qualifications and market needs in mind, the NGO selects the participants in cooperation with other stakeholders. The courses on offer include carpentry, stove fitting, painting and redecorating, among others. While professional skills are the main focus, the courses also aim to build participants’ self-confidence and motivation.

Following the completion of the courses, participants have to pass a theoretical as well as a practical test. So far, the project has proved successful for chimney sweeps: out of 40 jobseekers who have completed the programme, 15 have already found a job.