Last year Caritas involved 3,292 people in Aragon in its employment initiative, almost 15 percent more than a year ago and achieved a labor integration of 571 after investing a record amount of almost 4.7 million euros in social and labor integration and social economy programmes.
highlights the Caritas developed in a work, A context marked by volatility and uncertainty of the labor market And in a year in which inflation and the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine began to undermine employment growth, it allocated 4,677,344 euros for containment programmes, of which 2,743,022 euros for economic and social initiatives.
The profile of participants in the employment programs remains the same as in previous years Since the majority are women with basic studies, but with a multitude of different conditions or that combine, such as lack of digital skills, learning difficulties, little work experience or multiple family reconciliation problems, in addition Severe socioeconomic disadvantages and low self-esteem that leads to demotivation,
With the aim of contributing to the creation of the solidarity economy and meeting the needs of people in situations of social disadvantage, Caritas in Aragón also generates dependent employment through its social economy initiatives. (Admission Companies and Special Employment Centers) with the generation of 105 jobs with an insertion contract, through which they improve their employability in a real production environment, develop their labor and personal skills.
In its 2022 Employment and Solidarity Economy report, Caritas highlights the need to implement an economy that prioritizes essentials and leads a new economic model focused on caring for people and life. “An economy that cares, that cares about people and their working conditions, caring for the environment, which connects, because it is an economy of common good and cooperation” and that “it is transformative individually and collectively”, summarizes the entity.
The highest rates of poverty and exclusion are concentrated in groups of unemployed people. Therefore, not having a job doubles the risk of falling into a situation of exclusion or severe poverty. But lack of employment is not the only leads to situations of exclusion and poverty Since vulnerability is greater among people and households who are working, we can say that having a job is no longer synonymous with integration and well-being.
In any case, Caritas warns that employment is not a route to social integration for all As some people face more severe situations of social exclusion and labor inclusion is not a likely reality in the short term and as a result, they will need support and compatible programmes.
,We are talking about investment, not spending., And we do not do this in metaphorical or poetic terms, but because for us each resource invested means a return in the medium-long term from a social and economic point of view”, underlines Pedro A. Meleiro, president of the unit.
in this context, Caritas provides the most vulnerable with the necessary resources to improve their employability in order to keep them on an equal footing in an increasingly competitive labor market and under worse conditions.