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The Acceder programme of the FSG provided employment to 2,569 persons in 2012 [editar]

In the midst of the crisis, we achieved 3,717 employment contracts

Authorship: Fundación Secretariado Gitano

The Acceder programme of the FSG provided employment to 2,569 persons in 2012In 2012, the Acceder Programme of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) enabled the access of 2,569 persons to employment, the majority of whom Roma (65%), women (57%) and youth (65% younger than 35 years old). This is a clear example that, even in times of crisis, the provision of adequate means and resources achieves results.

In 2012, the Acceder Programme of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) enabled the access of 2,569 persons to employment, the majority of them Roma (65%), women (57%) and youth (65% younger than 35 years old).

Furthermore, in the midst of an escalating crisis, this training and employment programme explicitly targeting the Roma population provided assistance to 15,851 persons, obtained 3,717 employment contracts, trained 3,179 persons and assisted the creation of 137 new companies in 2012, counting for this purpose on the collaboration and support of more than 1,600 companies. Arantza Fernandez, Director of the Employment Department of the FSG, argued that these achievements are a clear demonstration that positive results can be obtained, even in times of crisis, if adequate means and resources are invested effectively. She also assured that these results demonstrate, furthermore, that unemployed persons are active, that they want to work and that if resources are made available to them, they use them.

Close to six million persons are unemployed in Spain, a reality which affects the Roma community disproportionately. Our last study of the employment situation of Roma highlighted the fact that the crisis is hitting Roma persons particularly hard, as their unemployment rate has ballooned from 13.5% prior to the crisis (2007) to 40% today. Isidro Rodríguez, Director of the FSG, assured that in this context, programmes such as Acceder that are committed to social inclusion through training and employment, are of fundamental importance.

It is not the moment to undertake cutbacks in social investments and to implement austerity measures undermining the living conditions of the most vulnerable social groups. It is time to demand active employment policies, policies that take youth particularly into account and that guarantee dignified living conditions for all the citizenry, especially the most disadvantaged groups, of which many Roma persons form part. Isidro Rodríguez concluded that now more than ever, we have to commit to actions that promote the access to employment and the reduction of early school leaving and academic failure. This is the key to a cohesive and fair society.

Acceder, a programme that works

The objective of the Acceder programme – financed by the European Social Fund and framed into the Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination managed by several Spanish NGOs – is precisely this one: to support the initiatives of Roma persons to find employment and to achieve their effective incorporation into the labour market. The data speak for themselves. Since its launch in 2000, Acceder has provided assistance to more than 70,800 persons, supported the access to employment of 19,400 of them, achieved more than 47,700 employment contracts, offered professional training to 15,500 persons through 1,600 in-house courses throughout Spain, and supported the creation of 143 new companies. To this purpose, it has counted on the close collaboration and trust of more than 17,000 companies.

The Acceder programme is currently present in 14 regions of Spain through 49 integrated employment offices and more than 200 dedicated members of staff. It has been recognised as an Employment Agency by the Spanish Public Employment Service (Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal – SEPE) since 2011 and its model has been transferred by the FSG to Bosnia and Romania.

Historias de vida y superación. Programa Acceder

Acceder results in 2012, by Autonomous Community of Spain

The results obtained to date highlight the significance of the Acceder programme. We list below the results of the programme in the 14 regions of Spain in which it is present:


  • Persons attended: 4,487
  • Persons gaining employment: 1,136
  • Contracts obtained: 1,661
  • Persons trained: 1,037


  • Persons attended: 725
  • Persons gaining employment: 106
  • Contracts obtained: 137
  • Persons trained: 122


  • Persons attended: 623
  • Persons gaining employment: 88
  • Contracts obtained: 114
  • Persons trained: 143


  • Persons attended: 233
  • Persons gaining employment: 39
  • Contracts obtained: 59
  • Persons trained: 35

Castile-La Mancha

  • Persons attended: 1.118
  • Persons gaining employment: 160
  • Contracts obtained: 190
  • Persons trained: 200

Castile and León

  • Persons attended: 1.687
  • Persons gaining employment: 236
  • Contracts obtained: 335
  • Persons trained: 283


  • Persons attended:674
  • Persons gaining employment: 93
  • Contracts obtained: 101
  • Persons trained: 128

Valencian Community

  • Persons attended: 1.879
  • Persons gaining employment: 271
  • Contracts obtained: 412
  • Persons trained: 269


  • Persons attended: 807
  • Persons gaining employment: 89
  • Contracts obtained: 128
  • Persons trained: 209


  • Persons attended: 823
  • Persons gaining employment: 63
  • Contracts obtained: 123
  • Persons trained: 185

Madrid Community

  • Persons attended: 707
  • Persons gaining employment: 119
  • Contracts obtained: 164
  • Persons trained: 174


  • Persons attended: 679
  • Persons gaining employment: 49
  • Contracts obtained: 65
  • Persons trained: 230


  • Persons attended: 444
  • Persons gaining employment: 48
  • Contracts obtained: 57
  • Persons trained: 72

Basque Country

  • Persons attended: 605
  • Persons gaining employment: 72
  • Contracts obtained: 171
  • Persons trained: 92

Employment, central theme of the latest issue of the "Gitanos" magazine published by the FSG

The issue nº63 of 'Gitanos, Pensamiento y Cultura', the quarterly magazine of the FSG, focuses on employment with an in-depth analysis of the results and conclusions of the comparative study Roma population, employment and social inclusion 2011', among other themes.