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Fighting marginalisation

Helping Roma get skills for jobs

29/02/2012

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Nearly 2 000 Roma have benefited from new skills gained through Asprosocu work programmes in Murcia, Spain

The Association for Socio-Cultural Promotion (Asprosocu) in the Spanish region of Murcia has helped close to 2 000 Roma people to improve their job prospects. Since 2007, the Association has received over EUR 1.7 million – co-funded by the ESF – to organise courses and training programmes to enhance social skills and employability among this disadvantaged group. Training is available in a variety of skills, such as tailoring, childcare and furniture restoring, and is accompanied by career guidance. The Association’s work on fighting social exclusion and poverty was praised by the General Director of the Institute for Social Action, Juan Castaño when he met Roma representatives in Cartagena.