The third visit of the Learning Activities series planned in CO4TRAN project was held on 20-24/03/2023 in Madrid in Spain, the organizer was Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid) which introduce the model of spanish inclusive enterprises. 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 – 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.
The visits to the inclusive enterprises were preceded by the presentation of basic figures concerning the employment of people with disabilities on the Spanish market, as well as formal and legal tools and background in this country. Almudena Fernandez – Golfin from the CONACEE (project leader) presented the opportunities and obstacles related to the legal tools used in Spain.
The project team visited first “ZAUMA CEE” hosted in cooperation with “INNERIA CEE(Eurofirms)”. Zauma Inclusión y Diversidad is a HR consultancy firm, qualified as a CEE since 2011, with more than 10 years of experience helping companies to comply with the Spanish Disability Law (LGD). With 20 employees all of them with any kind of disability and with medium and high level of education. Zauma has a broad experience in the selection of professionals with disabilities. From the beginning Zauma has the objective of raising awareness regarding disability and employment. ZAUMA shared their experience on best practices and the processes carried out for the successful transition or direct access of people with disability to regular employment and the barriers encountered in this process of transition.
Same day we went to LaVeguilla is part of group that belongs to Promiva Foundation. Beside the CEE / IE they have a Special Education School, sheltered workshop and a residence for People with disabilities. The staff of CEE La Veguilla is made up of 64 people with intellectual disabilities and 14 people without disability. The main activity carried out in the CEE is the cultivation of ornamental plants. As a complementary activity, the CEE has a plant growth and research laboratory that supports and complements the main activity. All partners met people responsible for developing the social company and gained knowledge about the particular kind of disability of their employees which evidenced some specifics difficulties when dealing with transition, specially on the side of potential working place within ordinary companies.
The last inclusive enterprise visited was TRIANGLE SOLUTIONS RHHH in the Madrid History Museum. The Triangle CEE was created in 2005 with an eminently social aim: the social and occupational integration of people with disabilities, providing and promoting their incorporation into the labour market and guaranteeing their rights, personal autonomy and economic stability. Specialised in the outsourcing of services to companies, it develops tailor-made projects according to the activity, the characteristics of the service and the necessary resources, paying special attention to the training of its staff, training them to provide services in standardised companies, thus achieving total insertion in the labour market.
In this visit all participants could see how services for ordinary companies in an open labour environment affects workers with disabilities and their willingness to move into the ordinary company.
On the evening of the first day, all partners could meet and try traditional Spanish cuisine in local restaurant to know more about the traditions and customs of Spain, also vivid discussions about the process of transition were continued here.
Next day international delegations visited The SEPE (Spanish Public National Agency for Promotion of Employment), which establishes and regulates measures to promote employment and maintenance of employment in Spain, being one of the main collectives to protect and promote people with disabilities. They issue national regulation of CEEs and their aids. Through their policies and aids might focus on achieving particular goals such focusing on certain kind or severe disabilities or on questions such as transition. This institution is a part of the Ministry of Social Policy and Labour in Spain. There were vivid discussions about the solutions of transition in countries of the partners and the problems of enclaves for people with disabilities created in ordinary companies with help of job coaches.
We found very interesting solutions during the meeting with Fundación Universia, promoted by Banco Santander. Fundacion Universia is a private non-profit organisation that for more than 10 years has focused its work on educational and employment guidance, diversity and equity, the digital transformation of universities, entrepreneurship and measuring the impact of the university ecosystem according to international standards (SDGs). Fundación Universia has organised this visit for us. All partners observed how a private international banking group is dealing with labour inclusion of people with disabilities in every stage of their activity: as direct employer, requesting inclusion to providers and subhiring Inclusive Enterprises among others Samsic CEE. Foundation is placed at the big area campus of the economical zone of Bank Santander in Boadilla del Monte near Madrid.
Another service company as an inclusive enterprise in Spain is Samsic, it’s one of the leading cleaning and facility service companies in Spain. In Samsic Social, the priority, fundamental and main objective is to provide workers with disabilities with productive and paid work, suitable to their personal characteristics and facilitating their integration into the ordinary labour market. Samsic works and will continue to work to open and guarantee the doors of the labour market to people with disabilities. During the visits all partners had an unique occasion to talk with a few employees with mental disabilities about their experiences with transition and working in a social company.
The last day of visit all participants had an unique occasion to visit two interesting inclusive enterprises.
Within the framework of sheltered employment and CEE, Vivofácil CEE‘s objective is to improve the quality of life of our staff and that of our clients. Currently, almost 90% of the professionals on our staff have a recognised disability of more than 33%. Here is a team of professionals who make up the Support Unit, which has developed its own Methodology for the Care and Management of People, within the framework of Personal and Social Adjustment Services. They highlight those that cover the needs of people and their families. They seek to facilitate conciliation, co-responsibility and equality in access to them, caring for people through personal services with which we attend to their care needs, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in any corner of Spain, for people of all ages (children, young people, the elderly, dependents). They do this in 5 different languages and in any other language with simultaneous interpreter, in 3 shifts, from Monday to Sunday.
Here was an occasion to talk with a few people from the staff to hear about problems with transition to the ordinary market and positive advantages of working in inclusive enterprise as being safe, being understandable and cared for, and a lack of feeling of being excluded from the laboral environment.
Another very interesting inclusive enterprise, one from the biggest in Spain, was Grupo SIFU. This enterprise provides all those services that a company can outsource so that it can focus on its core business. With more than 8,500 employees and a presence throughout Spain, France and Andorra, they provide services to more than 2,100 public and private clients to whom was offered the appropriate flexibility to establish a comprehensive proposal of tailor-made services. SIFU constantly monitor both our employees and their service to achieve excellence in the quality of our services and guarantee full satisfaction. They contribute with the work to the growth of large companies that are committed to quality and the social and occupational integration of people with disabilities and to which also is provided added value in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility and compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
SIFU allowed the project team to know more about the rules of transition of the people with disabilities to the ordinary market as there is a limited possibility of a comeback to inclusive enterprise SIFU after 3 months of work in the ordinary company. They also presented the whole structure of the company.
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)