Brno runs an employment agency targeting young people with disabilities
Youth unemployment is a priority for many of our cities. In Brno, young people make up nearly a quarter of its unemployed population. But those with disabilities face the greatest challenges finding work and dealing with the transition from education into employment, so Brno has set up an employment agency to support this group.
Run by not-for-profit organisation AGAPO, the employment agency provides free of charge services to its clients for two years. These include regular job clubs where participants learn basic employment skills such as looking for job offers, compiling a CV and cover letter and communicating with potential employers. The centre also advises clients on the appropriate social and behavioural skills to help them become job-ready upon leaving school.
Employers can also come to the centre for advice and information, and if necessary it will provide direct support in the workplace.
The employment centre is vital for making life easier and more independent for Brno’s most vulnerable citizens. The service is funded by the European Social Fund and through the Czech national budget.
Find out more about Brno’s measures in our ‘cities in action’ case study, below.