The purpose of the Towards work life –project is to help unemployed and long-term unemployed immigrants who permanently live in Satakunta. The objective is to prevent prolonged unemployment and to promote the employment of immigrants through pervasive consultancy, employment actions and teaching of the Finnish language.
“…nice to get the kind of help before first job…”
“… by way of wide network she can likely help…” With the help of the project people received the kind of personal and concrete help that they didn’t find anywhere else.
“… used a lot of time and explained things one at the time…”, “… And it helped me a lot.”
People were thinking of the project as a very important help to immigrants and they wanted to recommend it to other immigrants to take part in it. “…I recommend to all to go to the Multiculture Association”
The sentences above are citations from Teea Köykkäri’s thesis, here is a link to the thesis. She interwieved the clients of the Toward Work Life –project about their opinions and their experiences with the Towards Work Life -project of the Multicultural Association of Satakunta and its effectiveness, and also their thoughts about employment challenges for the immigrants in the Pori area.
According to the received feedback the project has done very productive work in favor of its clients. Good feedback was also received for the information presentations of the project in Pori.
The results of the project in the first 2 years (2016 – 2017):
full time jobs: 26 people
part time jobs: 15 people
hour work: 52 people
work try outs: 45 people
trials: 23 people
rehabilitative works: 73 people.
The project offers and searches for work and work trial, employs with supported salary, and gives induction and counseling during the whole work or service time.
The project offers all-inclusive advisory service and guidance to its clients regarding their needs and situation for employment:
- help with writing work documents (CV, work applications)
- information about Finnish work life, working culture and trade unions
- support to prepare for job interviews with the use of a job interview simulator
- help to assimilate diplomas
- assistance on running errands (official forms, e-services) and guidance to various services
- provide assistance in training to receive competence and occupational cards (ex. hot work card, work safety card and hygiene pass)
The project supports and encourages its clients to study Finnish independently with various Finnish language courses and through the Elävä kieliketju – practice.