JobRoad has been steering people from disadvantaged groups towards suitable employers to obtain the right job since 2016. The highly personal approach breaks through the barriers of language, mobility and competency that hamper easy access to the labour market. An efficient lever to help these people into a job within a year, significantly speeding up their integration process.
JobRoad’s major value added? It is a network project in the purest sense, for 4 players. Employers and their partner temporary employment agencies, (supra)local authorities and intermediary organisations combine forces here to achieve the same declared objective: filling vacancies with untapped talent.
We use our own JobRoad model, which is adapted to every specific type of target group. Personal support for the candidate in finding an employer is provided in three speedily completed phases. Further integration is encouraged by extra training and by awareness-raising activities in the working environment.
The mission of the international non-profit organisation JobRoad ivzw is that every vulnerable person in the community has the fundamental right to full participation in society. The reason for the vulnerability makes no difference: origin, due to temporary circumstances or otherwise, sweeping social changes etc.
JobRoad’s vision is that work is the most important integrator in this. The defined strategy? The road to ultimately achieve participation for everyone who is at a significant distance from the labour market is based on three pillars: activation, training and awareness-raising.
JobRoad believes that work plays an important part in the integration process. Not just any work, but work that is widely appreciated and through which the person’s dignity not only stays intact but is also enhanced. Healthy economic growth helps to further increase the dignity of work for everyone.
JobRoad aims to support people who have difficulties finding a good job, guides them towards work and supports them in the workplace. We aim a large target audience often on the brink of poverty and for whom work provides a decent basic income.
JobRoad makes social and economic inclusion possible by working specifically with and for disadvantaged groups. Age, gender, race, origin, economic or other status, should never be a reason to treat people ‘differently’.
Within each local network, JobRoad aims to match the job search to the education of the applicant. We take an open-minded, non-restrictive stance on this. Moreover, we actively guide our applicants towards additional, personalized training in order to improve their job opportunities.
At the moment, JobRoad focuses strongly on newcomers with a migration background who have a native language other than Dutch, 55+ and youngsters ‘NEET’. This project is part of WELT (‘Suitable Careers for Every Talent’), in cooperation with Voka. And with the financial support of ESF and The Government of Flanders. And also in cooperation with VDAB and TRAVI. More about Welt.
Through the network, local companies - in search of employees - put themselves forward. These companies, from a very wide range of different sectors, briefly present their company, its corporate culture and the available vacancies to the development supporters.
In pre-screenings, the candidates’ motivation, learning capabilities, relevant experience, skills and talent for basic communication are examined. Before looking at their diplomas, skill level or knowledge (of languages).
On the actual project week, JobRoad accompanies the selected candidates to the participating companies. Through this orientation in the work environment, they are provided with full information about the vacancies. Later on the same day, the candidates meet the company’s HR manager individually. An evaluation discussion with the different players from the network rounds off the project day.
ESF support: ESF500 – Welt: 01.10.2020 to 31.12.2022 * € 663.163 * KPIs: 20 matchmaking editions / year & 8 customized matchmaking actions / year
With the support of the European Social Fund (ESF), JobRoad is coming forward with a new project: detainees or people subject to jurisdiction will have the opportunity to reintegrate into the labour market and through this track also in society.
JobRoad helps to strengthen the efforts for reintegration by the VDAB detention consultants, the justice assistants and their partners. This is done through an additional offer of guidance and by building a bridge with the business community.
This project is based on the three familiar pillars: the kickstart, the day of screening and the project week.
On the project day, 3 to 6 participating companies will receive a brief explanation of the legislation. They present their vacancies to the VDAB detention consultant(s), the psycho-social counsellor(s) and the justice assistant(s) and are given a tour of the prison. A project day is organised annually in each of the seven cooperating prisons.
The VDAB detention consultant(s), the psycho-social counsellor(s) check which candidates are suitable for which vacancy(s). They are screened and matched by the job coach of JobRoad.
The candidates are screened by the job coach of JobRoad, the HR partner or the HR recruiter of the participating company for their interest and working attitude. A week later, the candidate receives information about his/her possible recruitment or about the fact that he/she has not been selected. For candidates who have not been selected or did not participate in the project days, the JobRoad coach helps to look for a work solution.
ESF support: ESF457 – Reintegration through work: 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2022 * € 165,000 * KPIs: 7 matchmaking editions / year & 105 individual. accompaniments / year
This project is based on two remarkable observations. On the one hand, the labour market has a permanent need for talented employees. On the other hand, the experience and willingness to work of the “applicants for international protection” – also referred to as asylum seekers – are underused. Could their waiting time be better utilised by offering them an adapted training provision? Or by guiding them to work?
This is where JobRoad ASBL comes into play twice.
JobRoad makes optimum use of what is already available by VDAB or other partners.
In addition, new, innovative development programmes are created which complement the range of training available. This way, people who are at a significant distance from the labour market are more intensively prepared for their employment in the near future.
The other way round from normal:
JobRoad adapts existing development and training available according to its own strategy. The international non-profit organisation departs from the principle that ‘a candidate is not ready for work and therefore has to receive training, after which he/she has to be turned loose on the market on his/her own’.
JobRoad turns the concept the other way round: what specific need does a relevant employer have? After this is determined, a thorough examination is made of candidates who are eligible for such a job in terms of their interest and motivation.
The great advantage is that, on the one hand, the employer knows in advance which candidates are in its development project. On the other hand, the potential employee gets an extra helping of motivation because he is already linked to a specific employer during his training.
Is there no exact training available at the moment that responds to the employer’s demand? In that case, JobRoad creates an innovative development project by seeking expertise elsewhere and adapting it to that which is already available in-house at the employer.
JobRoad helps registered companies to deal more smoothly with ‘diversity in the workplace’ by means of a variety of socio-artistic workshops. In addition, JobRoad offers member companies a quality label and additional information for their social HR policy.