Project 5

‘Engine to activate Integrators’

The employment rate of newcomers in Flanders is low. Through this project we want to strengthen the activation and introduction to the labour market of people integrating. More specifically, this project focuses on living wage beneficiaries who fall under the responsibility of the OCMW, Ex – integrators who fall under the responsibility of the Agency for Integration and Civic Integration and new integrators who fall under the responsibility of VDAB. A distinction is made between low- and high-skilled immigrants. This distinction depends on the region. Some regions have initiatives underway with a focus on one specific target group.

The candidates are guided by our partners VDAB, OCMW and Agii, Atlas or In – Gent to the project editions that are organized throughout Flanders. And this with the financial support of the Flemish Government.

The project editions follow the three-phase model developed by JobRoad:

1. Kickstart – the companies

Companies that are looking for employees and declare that they are open to the target group, inform the trajectory counsellors of (ex)integrators during the kickstart meeting about the corporate culture and their relevant vacancies. These companies commit to meeting candidates from the target group, presented by JobRoad, without requiring a CV (‘blind hiring’).

2. Screening & Matching - the candidates

Candidates are registered by trajectory counsellors on the screening & matching day, organized by JobRoad. On that day, the candidates are screened for their motivation, learning ability, relevant experience, competencies and talent for basic communication. They are matched by JobRoad to participating companies and vacancies.

3. Project week – the introduction

During the project week, JobRoad accompanies the selected candidates to the participating companies. Through the exploration of the working environment, they are presented with all information about the vacancies. Later that day, the candidates meet individually with the company's HR manager. For candidates who are not retained after the project week, opportunities within the network of JobRoad companies (ambassador companies) will be further explored.). The personal approach via the JobRoad model specifically for this target group transcends the barriers of language, mobility and competence(s). These aspects often make easy access to the regular labour market difficult for this target group. The project model appears to be an efficient lever to help them find a job, significantly accelerating and strengthening their integration process.

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