As an accompanied event to the 4th eNEET Rural Transnational project meeting, the Study visit was conducted in Oslo (Norway) on 6th of March 2020. Organized by the Inclusion As (project expertise partner), some stakeholders from Norway, one stakeholder from Bulgaria and project partner organisations had the opportunity to exchange experience on the topics such as youth employment, supporting youths to find a job, helping immigrants/minority groups to get prepared for the job market, etc.
During the study visits 4 stakeholders (Hagecrew, Caritas Resource Center, Jobbsøkehjelpen and Agricultural Department of Bærum Municipality) from Norway introduced their structures focusing on their mission, goals, products/services, experience on youth employment in rural areas and possible engagement to eNEET project. As a stakeholder from Bulgaria, Mrs. Krasimira Dyankova, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Aksakovo was invited by UBBSLA to attend the event. Mrs. Dyankova is in charge of the investment policy of the municipality, as well she is leading the social affairs and youth employment department.
Mr. Camilio Heredia and Mr. Mathias S. Michelsen presented their organization and shown how Hagecrew help hundreds of young people in the City of Oslo to get a job.
Hagecrew is created in 2016 as an ideal children’s and youth association, with the aim of bringing urban cultivation to the growing generation. The start of the association started as early as 2013, and over the last 6 years they have employed 260 young people, and activated over 1450 children and young people in various forms of cultivation. When young people are asked what they want for their own development, the answer is opportunities for work and more activities to join. Hagecrew is the supplier of both.
All participants attended the study visit to Hagecrew place on 6th of March were able to experiment and make their own boxes with the help of the Hagecrew team.
Mr. Finn Børre Ekås spoke about how Caritas help immigrants /refugees coming to Norway to get prepared for the job market through courses, one-to-one counselling and facilitation through meeting arenas. At Caritas Resource Center in Oslo, they offer information and guidance. Every day they have the opportunity to guide in the following languages: Norwegian, English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish and Russian. In addition, they have some tutors who speak Arabic, French, Dutch, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Swahili, Urdu and German.
Caritas provide advice on work-related problems, a meeting place (JOB FOCUS) for job seekers, organize a job search course where immigrants/refugees can learn how to apply for a job in Norway, how to write a good CV and application, etc. Caritas also provide a working life sponsor scheme for immigrants and refugees as an extra support in the way to work. A working life sponsor is a person with good knowledge and connection to the Norwegian labor market, and who knows how the job search process works.
Jobbsøkehjelpen an organisation helping young people to get a job through counselling and courses provided by professional job experts. Jobbsøkehjelpen is a nonprofit foundation established in 2017. Organisation´s vision is “Every youth who want to work shall get a job”. The organization sees itself as a complement to other services, Jobbsøkehjelpen offer free courses and guidance for young people, they have projects and offer sales of courses.
The Royal Norwegian Society for Development (Norges Vel) is an independent non-profit member organisation established in 1809, and is Norway’s oldest nationwide organisation. Norges Vel create local, sustainable jobs and products within food, agriculture and marine industries. The goal is to promote thriving local communities both in Norway and internationally. The methods are the same as they were at the organisations conception: collaboration, knowledge sharing, and business development.