Promotion of employability and inclusion of physically and socially disadvantaged people in the labour market
The Trampoline programme aims to improve the chances of disadvantaged and disabled people to make it in the labour market through the development of key skills required by the market today. The programme works closely with employers and non-governmental organisations based in Eastern Slovakia to offer various forms of informal education, mentoring and internships in the region.
The programme, which was launched in 2014 and has trained 77 participants to date, won the National Career Counselling Award in 2018
The main target groups that our Trampoline gave a jump start to on their way to better job opportunities were:
- Young adults from Roma communities and from socially disadvantaged communities
- University graduates fresh out of school in the Košice and Prešov regions
- Physically handicapped people
In the period of years 2014 – 2015, the programme was implemented with the support of the Active Citizenship and Inclusion programme administered by Ekopolis Foundation.
In 2016, the programme was implemented with the support of the T-Systems Slovakia Endowment Fund administered by the Carpathian Foundation, and in the period of 2016 – 2018, the programme implementation was supported by the Erasmus+ programme.
ITrampolína pre všetkých 2016 – 2018 (ITrampoline 4 All 2016 - 2018)
The most recent, 3rd year of the programme, which lasted from 3rd October, 2016 until 30th July, 2018, focused on the topic of inclusion of physically handicapped people in the IT sector as an industry that lacks qualified workforce in Eastern Slovakia. This edition of the programme won the National Career Counselling Award 2018.
Within the scope of the programme, inclusion of people with disabilities was enhanced through an innovative model for the development of individual potential, helping them to integrate into the working environment in the IT sector. The model has been developed and implemented as part of a public-private partnership and an international exchange of experience.
Project outputs: A Development Centre model consisting of 2 tools:
Vocational Potential Assessment Centre
Our pilot assessment centre is diversity sensitive. It uses a set of evaluation methods and activities to assess participants in a way which does not automatically see ‘otherness’ as a disadvantage. On the contrary, otherness and diversity are seen as qualities that are beneficial for the organisation. The assessment centre model is a tool that is capable of directing participants towards a number of alternatives for their career development and self-assertion based on their individual performance. Read more
Elevator Development Centre
Elevator Development Centre works with the individual performance results the participants have shown during the Assessment Centre phase. In the Development Centre, we define individual tailored goals for the participants so that they can fulfil the qualification requirements for specific positions. Participants’ competences and talents are mapped and their individual development plans are defined. The Centre for Development offers 3 internal training programmes that take into account specific needs of employees with disabilities or disadvantages. In the pilot phase, the method was tested on candidates selected on the basis of their performance in the Assessment Centre. Read more
Activities successfully completed in this cycle of the programme included international project partner meetings, Trampoline interactive training, development and testing of outputs, short-term training activities for in-house lecturers from the IT companies involved, internships for disadvantaged participants in an IT company in Debrecen (HU) and a panel discussion entitled IT4All: Opportunity for Everyone which took place on 24 May, 2018 with the participation of programme participants, non-profit organizations, self-governmental authorities and IT companies.
Testimonials of programme participants
„Pracujem vo firme v Košiciach. Je to veľmi zaujímavá spoločnosť s príjemnou firemnou kultúrou a je vidieť, že im záleží na ľuďoch. Počas doby približne 6 mesiacov mám postupne prejsť jednotlivými výrobnými prevádzkami. V budúcnosti je možné, že ma prihlásia na tréning vo Švédsku. Uvidíme, ako sa im zapáčim. Zatiaľ to vyzerá celkom zaujímavo. Musím sa priznať, mal som radosť, keď som držal v rukách moju vstupnú kartu! Chcem ešte napísať aj to, že moje prijatie bolo úspešné aj vďaka absolvovanému tréningu a celkovo výbornému naladeniu z projektu Trampolína.“
„Chcem sa ešte pochváliť získaním práce v Holcime. Nastupujem od mája 2015. Som vďačná za projekt Trampolína, lebo určite na tom má svoje zásluhy….“
„Soft skills školenia boli veľmi zaujímavé vzhľadom na moju povahu a moje predpoklady. Opäť sa ukázalo, že človek sa nikdy neprestane učiť. V každom zamestnaní som robil v nejakom tíme a aj na tréneroch som videl, že človek môže niečo ovládať, čo má “zmáknuté”, ale niekedy stačí možno jeden iný element v skupine a veci by sa diali úplne inak. Angličtina bola nutná a som rád, že sme ju absolvovali. IT skills boli veľmi užitočné, veľa vecí bolo pre mňa nových.“