Wednesday , February 28 2024

Internships on job placement, reintegration at city of Leiden

Eight employees from the Public Entities Bonaire, St. Eu­statius and Saba are following an internship programme at the Work and Income Depart­ment, reintegration company DZB and the City Bank of the Municipality of Leiden, the Netherlands. The aim of the exchange, which started Mon­day, is to increase knowledge about job placement and rein­tegration among civil servants in the Caribbean Netherlands. Since May 2017, the city of Leiden has a twinning project with Bonaire, Statia and Saba, realised with the cooperation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment SZW.

Participants from Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and the city of Leiden, the Netherlands, during an exchange on labour mediation and reintegration at Leiden city hall. (Bum JP photo)

At the time the Ministry was looking for a municipality that could support the islands in professionalising job place­ment. The municipality of Leiden has “rented out” three colleagues to the islands within the framework of the twinning agreement.

“Having a job is the best way for many people to be inde­pendent and to participate in society. In Leiden we have a lot of experience with helping people out of social support. Step by step we personally start working with people for them to get a job. I find it very special that we can also share this knowledge with colleagues from Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. We are very proud that we will be able to give a group of professionals a peek into our kitchen over the next three weeks, and, of course, we will learn from their experi­ences,” said Leiden Alderman for Work and Income Yvonne van Delft.

On Monday morning, Van Delft received Commissioner Edsel Cecilia and Director Society and Care at the Public Entity Bonaire Silvana Serfilia at Leiden city hall.

`The Reinforcement of Job Placement” programme is now running at full speed. A professional placement service may significantly increase the chanc­es of employment for local job-seekers. Leiden supports the public entities in further profes­sionalising their job-placement tasks. It is deemed important that knowledge and experience is sustainably secured.

“The twinning with Leiden has significantly increased the number of placements of job seekers in the labour market. A fantastic result that we are very proud of,” Cecilia said.

A new intake method was in­troduced last year and there is specific attention for the target group of people with a disabil­ity.

An example of this is the new learning-working trajectory that has been set up for people with an occupational disability at Mangasina di Rei open-air museum in Bonaire.

There is also more coopera­tion between different stake­holders in the fields of educa­tion, work and income.

Workshops for job applica­tions and presentations, which were developed in Leiden, have been adapted to the local Caribbean situation and a start has been made with approach­ing employers on the islands. Furthermore, plans for a “plenchi di trabou,” or a work plaza, will be further elaborat­ed in the coming period.

The eight participants in the internship are professionals from the Labour and Social Support Units at the SZW De­partments in Bonaire, Statia and Saba.

Also, the Director of the De­partment of Society and Wel­fare in Statia is enthusiastic about the collaboration. “One of the important elements of the twinning is the exchange internship at the municipality of Leiden and DZB. Our em­ployees can gain knowledge and inspiration in Leiden in the field of job placement. At the beginning of October, St. Eustatius will also get a job mediator from Leiden who will support us. We are happy with that. Moreover, Leiden employees can learn from our experiences again ”

The internship programme takes three weeks and includes, among other things, job train­ing and workshops on employ­er approach, working with a disability, and debt counselling. In addition, participants visit a number of learning pathways, such as “The Eco Garden” and “The Stable,” and they take a look at the social-work provi­sion.

A visit will also be made to companies which employ peo­ple with a disability and they will pay a working visit to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

The Daily Herald.

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