Centro Mediazione al Lavoro - CeLav (Milan Employment Centre)
How does it operate?
The project often includes a traineeship, which allows participants to acquire or develop specific job-related skills. In this case, CeLav’s staff contacts companies that are interested in the service and have an available position and then pre-selects candidates. Traineeships typically last three months and can be renewed for another three months. During this period, participants receive a traineeship grant from the city. Once the traineeship is over, the trainee can then be taken on on the basis of a regular employment contract. There are also specialised opportunities for participants facing particular challenges such as long-term unemployment, addiction, criminal behaviour or refugee status.
What is the outcome?
As a result of the pilot project, the city of Milan expects both asylum seekers and employers to have better access to information about the employment process. As well as this, the aim is to enhance collaboration with relevant institutions, trade unions and the private sector, and the project has set a target of making at least 200 company-contacts. The project assists approximately 600 newcomers each year.