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Fundación Secretariado Gitano contributes to EU consultation on Quality Framework for Traineeships [editar]

17/06/2022
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Fundación Secretariado Gitano contributes to EU consultation on Quality Framework for TraineeshipsFundación Secretariado Gitano contributes to the European Commission consultation providing comments and recommendations on specific aspects of the traineeships for them to be of use for vulnerable groups, including the Roma community.

The European Commission launched a consultation to contribute to the evaluation on to what extent the 2014 Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships (QFT) objectives were reached during the period 2014-2021, whether the framework is still meeting the needs of trainees and employers, and whether it lacks elements that could increase the quality of traineeships. Contributions to the public consultation are expected to feed the evaluation and help the Commission to better assess these aspects.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) develops multiple programmes related to employment, education, equal treatment, etc., being the Acceder training and employment programme, since the year 2000, the backbone of its intervention, being mainly financed by the European Social Fund. The experience of FSG and the Acceder programme in the design and implementation of traineeships in collaboration with companies is wide:

  • Almost 45,000 trainees have participated
  • in more than 5,000 vocational training courses,
  • going through more than 270,000 work experience hours.

Considering this large experience, FSG contributed to the European Commission consultation providing comments and recommendations on specific aspects of the traineeships for them to be of use for vulnerable groups, including the Roma community. Also, our contribution aims to facilitate, particularly in Spain, the subsequent regulation of the traineeships, facilitating private initiative (mainly social organisations) to lead curricular proposals aimed at the acquisition of transversal and technical skills. In Spain there are legal mechanisms to deal with traineeships (Art 13 of the Law 11/2013, which regulates the traineeship work contract, and the Royal Decrees 1543/2011 and 1493/2011, introducing non-labour traineeships), but they do not address the circumstances of many people belonging to vulnerable groups, as the Roma community, since these laws focus on graduates with a diploma (university or formal vocational training), while only 17% of Spanish Roma have completed the compulsory secondary education.

These recommendations deal about the importance of:

  • a well-designed programme, including the basic and crosscutting skills demanded in the occupation, combining theoretical training and work experience, including the company at the designing of the course, and choosing carefully the sectors and training profiles subject of the training;
  • the stakeholders of the course: NGO, beneficiaries and companies;
  • the characteristics of the action, including duration, grant for studies, defining the relationship between the trainee and the company; or considering the prevention of occupational risks; and
  • the monitoring and follow up of the course.

We will follow up closely the next steps of this evaluation to keep contributing for the inclusion of the Roma people.

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