The second visit of the Learning Activities series planned in CO4TRAN project was held on 03-07/10/2022 in Namur in Belgium, the organizer was Eweta, which introduce the model of Walloon Inclusive Companies: Adapted Work Companies (ETA). The visit was attended by representatives of the project leader, National Confederation of Special Employment Centers CONACEE. Confederación Nacional Centros Especiales Empleo and representatives of partner organizations from Spain – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid), Germany – Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Inklusionsfirmen and Fachberatung fuer Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte, France – Union Nationale Des Entreprises Adaptees Unea, Belgium – Entente Wallonne des Enterprises de Travail Adapte (Eweta) and Poland – Social Economy Support Centre Association Ja-Ty-My.
First day we visited the Entranam, a company which employs more than 230 workers motivated to satisfy the wishes of its customers. As an Adapted Work Company (ETA), it adapts as much to its customers as to its workers. At the activity level, the company is positioned as an industrial subcontracting partner in the metallurgy, electronics and connectors sectors , as well as in various assembly and packaging operations . It also has its own production in carpentry, mechanical welding (different types of welding work) and finishing work for the building .
The second day the first place to see was Atelier Cambier, which is an inclusive company whose mission is the professional integration of people with disabilities.
Located near Charleroi airport, Atelier Cambier has been offering its recognized know-how for more than 55 years in the field of services to companies, regardless of their size and sector of activity, and which adhere to a civic approach for equal opportunities and respect for differences. Then was visited The Relais de la Haute Sambre is an Inclusive Company located in lush greenery in Lobbes in the heart of Thudinie – beautiful nature reserve. If its primary objective is the professional integration of disabled people, bringing well-being and pleasure to its visitors is another. The particularity of this ETA is to offer a quality tourist offer with a *** hotel and a restaurant. The hotel offers 15 pretty rooms, nestled in a four hectare estate, as bucolic as they are peaceful, lazily installed on the edge of a pond, in the middle of the countryside and yet only twenty kilometres from Charleroi. The hotel has obtained the “Point Vélos” label and offers a mountain bike rental service.
The last day was seen “Ateliers Jean Del’Cour” which become a company, both efficient and sustainable, managing to reconcile its social vocation with its economic objectives. Every day, almost 600 employees, supervised by qualified personnel, demonstrate their efficiency and motivation, both inside and outside the walls of this company, in sectors and services as diverse as packaging and conditioning, cabling, machining and welding, maintenance of parks and gardens, maintenance of social housing, among others. The last company was visited in Belgium was the Ateliers du Monceau created in 1985 which promote the integration of deaf and hard of hearing people through its initial activity, the repair of pallets. Today, the company also develops other products and services to enable workers to find their place in the company and to develop there. The first company language is french sign language. “Ateliers du Monceau” is a company specializing in one type of disability: hearing loss. All contracts are carried out within the structure.
The diversification of the original activity (manufacture and repair of pallets) towards the construction of modular wooden houses offers development prospects for employees with disabilities.
Co4Tran project – TRAINING FOR THE TRANSITION FROM SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT TO EMPLOYMENT IN THE FREE MARKET
Programme: Erasmus+ project
Reference number: 2021-1-ES01-KA220-VET-000028035
Type of activity: Associations for cooperation in the field of vocational training
European funds: EUR 123,238
Duration: February 2022 – February 2024
Coordinator: National Confederation of Special Employment Centers (CONACEE)