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Fundación Secretariado Gitano launches the TándEM programme [editar]

New training and employment programme addressed to Roma under 30 years old

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Fundación Secretariado Gitano launches the TándEM programme

Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) is launching TándEM, a new training and employment programme aimed at providing professional training and at facilitating the incluion of unemployed young people under the age of 30. TándEM is an initiative of the Spanish State Public Employment Service (SEPE) in the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan with funding from Next Generation - EU.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano's TándEM programme consists of 4 sub-programmes that will train a total of 50 Roma people for 12 months (3 months of basic training followed by 9 months of work, during which 35% of the working day will be dedicated to training).

The 4 sub-programmes cover "Maintenance and landscaping of green areas" in the cities of Lugo and Avilés (22 trainees will carry out, during the working phase, the refurbishment and conservation of green spaces in the cities); "Intercultural and community mediation with the Roma population" (16 trainees from different Spanish cities will be trained online and, during the working phase, will provide support services for actions and programmes in the socio-educational, socio-labour, socio-health and community areas in FSG offices); "Support and maintenance of computer systems and departmental networks" (12 students from different cities will also carry out the training in the online modality and, in the recruitment phase, they will work as assistants in each office in the FSG's IT area).

The training started on 29 December with an online session in which Carmen Menéndez, Deputy Director General of Active Employment Policies, and Arantza Fernández, Director of the FSG employment department, welcomed the 50 people selected as students of the TándEM programme.

Carmen Menéndez pointed out that "the TándEM programme will make a significant difference in their lives, as after training it will offer them a real possibility of being able to access a decent job".

For her part, Arantza Fernández stressed the importance of this new programme for the Fundación Secretariado Gitano and offered the students the help and support of the organisation so that they can successfully complete their training.

We believe that this is a great opportunity for young Roma people to receive training and, at the same time, gain access to employment in professions that would otherwise be hard for them to access. This is due to the fact that the Spanish Roma community, as an essentially young population (60% is under 30 years old), has very low rates of qualifications: only 17% have completed Compulsory Secondary Education.

We are starting the year with great enthusiasm for bringing 50 young people into education and we hope that by 2023 they will achieve their goals.

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