On Monday, a new shop was opened by “frauenanderskompetent” in Salzburg-Schallmoos. It bears the catchy name FunkelNagl. Old, refurbished furniture is sold there.
“Women differently competent” as motivation
Women who have been unemployed for more than a year and who have never had anything to do with handicrafts repair and restore this furniture, explains Susanne Erhart, the manager of “frauenanderskompetent”: “The idea behind it is to use old things that are supposedly useless, to revamp it in a few simple steps so that people say, yes, I want that, that’s great.”
Susanne Erhart would like to transfer this attitude to women: “A few steps that are well supervised, a few hand movements on yourself – so that you develop into someone who says yes, I’m wanted in the job market again, I can do something.”
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Entry assistance also for the long-term unemployed
Older women in particular often find it difficult to find a job. There are different reasons for this. The longer you are unemployed, the more difficult it is to find your way back into the labor market, says Ernestine Harrer, Managing Director of “anderskompetent”: “On the one hand, companies ask themselves why people have been unemployed for so long. On the other hand, the women lose courage and belief in themselves. Here they can experience not only theoretically in counseling sessions, but also very practically, ‘I can do something!’”
Three out of four women are successfully placed
Ten new places were added to “frauenanderskompetent” via the AMS’s coronavirus job offensive. A total of 30 unemployed women can now be cared for full-time. In times of a shortage of skilled workers and workers, this is important, says Labor Minister Martin Kocher: “That’s why projects like this are needed where people who have been unemployed for a long time, who have special placement challenges, are supported to get a foothold again and then on the labor market after a job to be able to fully get back into it for a certain amount of time.”
The staff shortage is currently affecting all sectors at the same time, but there is full employment. Jacqueline Beyer, Managing Director of AMS Salzburg insists on the project: “We have a 105 percent increase in vacancies. And if someone doesn’t find a job in this good situation, then we urgently need stabilization. We manage that very, very well with these projects.” The placement rate of “frauenanderskompetent” is currently 70 percent.