Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
There is a dual goal: to develop among NGOs a model of social economy which provides access to the labor market and improves the financial situation for vulnerable groups, as well as to create an accesible employment tool for economic agents that focus on financial efficiency, social responsibility and solidarity.
- Increasing employment opportunities for the target group by training them in social entrepreneurship and providing vocational qualifications required in the current job market.
- Creating jobs for the target group by establishing an innovative socio-economic model: a temporary employment agency.
- Promoting the economic activity of the agency and ensuring its financial sustainability through publicity campaigns and partnerships with the private and public sector.
Which barrier(s) to financial inclusion does your solution seek to address? (select all applicable)
Physical and other accessibility obstacles that prevent communities from reaching financial services, The lack of affordable financial products tailored to the needs of underserved and excluded communities,, Other (Please describe below).
If you selected 'other' above, please specify which other barriers to financial inclusion you solution seeks to address:
Increasing the credibility as “reliable workers” among economic agents who have already had negative experiences with homeless.
For which underserved or excluded communities will your solution create access to valuable, affordable, secure and comprehensive financial services?
This initiative is proposed for homeless youth (aged between 18-26 ), vulnerable people (aged between 2 7-35) and the unemployed, from rural areas surrounding Bucharest, who will be identified by our organization in the local community or refered to us by AMURT's collaborators.
Could your solution work in other geographies or regions? If so, where?
The Human Resource Rental Service (HRRS) is a model which can be used by all the NGO's in Bucharest that deal with the same target group, as well as NGO's throughout Romania, which provide social services and vocational/life skills training for homeless youth or vulnerable people.
This solution is also a way of stopping the migration of the population from poor rural areas to the capital, cities or towns. This initiative is a local solution for local problems.
There is a strong possibility that this solution can be replicated in other countries that encounter the same problems with vulnerable groups.
If your solution is dramatically successful, how will things be different in 10 years?
In 10 years this solution will drastically reduce the number of people dependent on social services ('hoppers” from one social service to another).
It wil significantly reduce the rate of unemploymet, increase the variety of craftsman and skills available, be a strong financial support for the NGO who develops this kind of income generating activity (at least 5 % from annual NGO budget will be covered by the agency).
It will also create a functioning network of HRR services developed by NGO's in Romania, be a platform for social community, a tool for temporary employment used by all big companies for casual jobs as well as for SMEs which have a organizational culture based on efficiency and effectiveness.
What will have had to have changed to make this happen?
We have to accelerate the process of growth, in terms of the number of clients (companies) and the number of employees (qualified homeless youth&vulnerable people), in accordance with the dynamics of the labour market. Obtaining accreditation for the agency to become a certified qualification and entrepreneurship provider, having a long term marketing & communication strategy as well as annual action plans and operating standards procedures will become essential.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
In our annual report for 2011 our Life and Vocational Skills training programme had 21 recipients, 13 recipients for the independent living skills programme, 12 acquired knowledge about community resources, 6 managed their financial resources efficiently, 11 developed personal skills, 13 have improved self-image, 10 are able to develop lasting personal relationships, 13 acquired minimal knowledge of the legal system and can work with them, 4 have formed artistic expression, 10 have achieved career planning skills, to identify a job and how to keep.
Impact on the community: youth became a useful and active resource for the local community, real potential employees - a contributing member of society.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
Within the next five years, AMURT Romania will create a model for a complete social and professional integration programme. We are committed to helping homeless youth and those young people leaving the care system to acquire life, vocational, and entrepreneurial skills, secure jobs and resources to become self-sufficient in the basic necessities needed for sustaining an independent lifestyle.
The agency creates a variety of jobs, not only in one area but in many areas according to market demands.
There is no minimum or maximum number of people that may be employed by leasing. From the experiences, there is usually no drop but steady increase in number of requests from companies thereby ensuring the availability of jobs for the vulnerable people.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
- The costs of leasing can be higher than the salary of the job.
- The unwillingness of companies to hire people who have an unstable personality.
- Companies will have to justify, to the authorities ,that this is a temporary activity.
- Attitude and lack of loyalty.
Plan to overcome barriers:
- A marketing manager working on behalf of the agency will persuade the companies that this type of service is more efficient in the long term.
- The agency will offer the guarantee that the activity of the company will be properly fulfilled.
- For companies who work on a project it becomes easy to justify. Natuarlly, projects means temporary work and temporary activity.
- a social worker from AMURT and a psychologist will act as a mediator between them and the company.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Completed business plan of the agency.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Create leasing contracts.