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Fundación Secretariado Gitano contributes to the European Commission's consultation on traineeships [editar]

The European Commission has proposed to improve, among other conditions, the quality of traineeships in the EU.

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Fundación Secretariado Gitano contributes to the European Commission's consultation on traineeships

European Commission launched a public consultation about the Proposal for a Directive of The European Parliament and of the Council on improving and enforcing working conditions of trainees and combating regular employment relationships disguised as traineeships (‘Traineeships Directive’), intending to get contributions on the proposal.

This initiative aims to help Member States improve and enforce working conditions for trainees, as well as combat regular employment relationships disguised as traineeships. It was put forward in a package together with a proposal to revise the 2014 Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships. The aim is to address issues of quality and inclusiveness, such as fair pay and access to social protection.

At Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), we have more than 20 years of experience in the Acceder Programme for the employment and training of Roma. Through this programme, and in the face of the difficulty of finding courses adapted to the most vulnerable people, we have extensive experience in organising our own training actions (ad hoc training) that include traineeships in companies. These actions are typically designed by social entities to ensure a high degree of adaptation (usually not found in mainstream training) to the vulnerable situation of the trainees and the needs of the companies.

In the light of this experience, we welcome the proposed directive on traineeships, as we believe that it can contribute to improving the quality of these activities and the working conditions of trainees. At the same time, the FSG's employment and international areas have contributed to the consultation by assessing that it should contain inclusive measures that favour opportunities for the most disadvantaged people, such as Roma. We have proposed that the design and implementation of training programmes with traineeships may allow official bodies to approve ad hoc training programmes (normally developed by social entities), thus avoiding reliance on professional certificates, which are less flexible to adapt to specific needs. This would facilitate the contribution to the social security system by the trainees or that they can be covered by training contracts, mechanisms that improve the conditions and quality of the traineeships for the beneficiaries. In this context, this measure would also facilitate longer training courses that are recognised by public bodies.

By way of example, at FSG we are developing the "TándEM" programme of training in alternation with employment (12 months of training, more than 1 500 hours) in the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan with funding from Next GenerationEU, which allows, as an alternative to training based on professional certificates, that the ad hoc training usually developed by social entities includes training contracts. This is possible through a guarantee from the State Public Employment Service (SEPE).