MENTOR15 (INITIATIVE EQUAL I)
This programme was conceived with the aim of offering support to young people in the Government of Galicia’s protection network, and who had a series of characteristics which hindered their integration into a process of social-employment insertion. Among these, we could mention the following: low levels of education, low intellectual level and/or mental handicap, physical handicap, constant failure in professional or occupational training, constant failure to hold down a job, rejection of independence-support resources (protected housing, etc), youngsters in social conflict (serving a legal order, etc.), in short, all those who stood out due to being under a social risk.
Training work needed to be carried out beforehand, addressing a set of behaviours and aptitudes key for access to employment or training resources; thus, the objective of the programme was to experiment with new ways of social-employment integration for these young people, establishing to this end a number of individualised intervention schedules which responded to their requirements.
The most specific objectives included: offering specific technical and work-training guidance support (suited to young people with limited intelligence and with problems complying with normalised schedules); offering pre-employment training through pre-workshops which young people with difficulties could access, so that once their basic behaviour was consolidated they could have access to normalised occupational training; promoting the transition to an independent life by means of economic aid supporting the initiatives based on independence and autonomy; in summary, to tackle the process of preparation for work and an independent life in individual manner.
As this was an initiative of a marked experimental nature, 127 young people were attended to.
Gráfico1: Young persons attended to, by year and office of origin
MEASURES. One of the most typical resources of this programme was the establishment of a series of pre-workshops, through which young people were trained in a series of basic abilities, including accepting rules, compliance with timetables, teamwork, respect, commitment, etc. These workshops were created and set in motion in line with the population distribution; at the end of the programme there were a total of six training resources, through which a total of 107 young people had passed¾principally boys, as only 17 were girls. The workshops created were: bookbinding workshop in the Carballeira Education Centre in the city of Ourense, attended throughout the programme by a total of 14 boys and 5 girls; ceramics workshop in the Monteledo Education Centre, which was attended by 18 boys; the automobile workshop in the Montealegre Education Centre, attended by 18 boys and 6 girls; gardening workshop in the Montefiz Eduction Centre, with 18 boys and 6 girls; in 2004, in the Concepción Arenal Education Centre, a bakery workshop was set up through which 8 young people passed; and on the outskirts of Santiago, a horticulture and gardening workshop was set up in installations belonging to the entity, and was attended by 14 young people.