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Project Name
RAISE PROJECT
Locality
ALENQUER MUNICIPALITY, 46 KM NORTH OF LISBOA
Recipients
50 YOUNG PEOPLE, FEMALE AND MALE UNEMPLOYED
Project status
ONGOING
Description

RAISE means “to lift”, but it is also the acronym for Alternative Response of Social Integration and Entrepreneurship.

The overall objective of the project is to help limit the problem of unemployment in the municipality of Alenquer, 50 km north of Lisbon, headquarters of AMU Portugal. Following the economic crisis, about 12% of the Portuguese population is unemployed; youth unemployment however hovers around 28% and it also affects people with higher education: the most obvious consequence is the emigration of the most skilled and qualified young people, which compromises the future of the whole country.

The specific objective is to train and accompany people to the inclusion in the labour market by third parties or also through the creation of business initiatives if the personal circumstances and the social context permit it.

The project proposes an innovative methodology with customized approaches to create attitudes and entrepreneurial skills. It also promotes initiatives that help increase the job offer in the municipality of Alenquer, in the short, medium and long term. A particular aspect of the training covers the principles, values and methodology of the Economy of Communion.

The main activities of the project consist in the training on methods and strategies on finding a job, job training, technical and entrepreneurial training and also psycho-social support (personal and professional). In this path some are helped to find work, others to create their own company.

Main results achieved:

– 50 unemployed persons were accompanied with integration, training and internships processes;
– 19 people have found work;
– A training program for entrepreneurship was held with the involvement of young people;
– The collaboration with some local companies has begun, to mediate between research and offer trying to help to find the right job for each person;
– Constitution of a company;
– Development of a local partnership network;
– Construction of one “Boot camp” on entrepreneurship of Communion;
– Establishment of a “local meeting point” for the international network for the incubation of EoC businesses (EoCiin).

The first phase of the project, started in April 2015, was completed in 2016. The second phase is currently being planned.

Local counterpart
AMU PORTUGAL
Partners
EOC COMPANIES
Area of intervention
TRAINING AND WORK
Total cost
€ 49.270,00
Contributions requests to AMU
€ 34.642,60 (COVERED WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY EOC COMPANIES)