Facilitating access to work for Vulnerable Populations in Athens

Diversity in the Workplace

Generation 2.0 for Rights Equality & Diversity has launched, in partnership with the global humanitarian organisation International Rescue Committee, a 4-month program with the title “Facilitating access to work for Vulnerable Populations in Athens”. The program aims to support refugees and asylum seekers in improving their living conditions by finding a fulfilling job position through the career counseling service of Generation 2.0 RED, with the support of the International Rescue Committee.

The program includes the reinforcement of one to one career counselling sessions, along with the organisation of a series of job readiness, soft skills and hard skills workshops. The first job readiness workshops have already taken place with success at Generation 2.0’s premises, whereas in September a significant number of workshops will take place aiming to empower refugees and asylum seekers with information, tools and the development of skills in terms of employability.

We also published and distributed an Employability Guide and two Tutorial Videos, containing the valuable information that was discussed in the workshops, providing the tools a newcomer needs to gain easier access to the Greek labor market. Click here to see them.

Apart from empowering and preparing refugees and asylum seekers to enter the Greek or the European labor market in general, one crucial activity is to sensitise and mobilise employers in Greece to offer job opportunities to diverse groups. This means boosting diversity in the workplace, resulting in significant benefits for the companies’ profitability, the empowerment of the work environment and, of course, the living conditions and the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers. As a result, the message that “Diversity in the Workplace” carries is communicated to the labor market with our video campaign that promotes the importance of diversity in the workplace and supports equal participation in Greek society. The campaign was released and distributed across all social media platforms, titled “Embracing Diversity”.

 

On the other hand, a network of companies and businesses is being built, with an important number already been embracing the idea, wanting to invest in diversity and reinforce the effort to create a labor market open to everyone, regardless of their origin, religion or color.