From unemployment to working life – Südtirol News

Bolzano – Disabled and Unemployed Civilians: Currently more than 5,000 South Tyrol residents have to live with this dual challenge. A condition that would be severe enough simply because of congenital or acquired disease or disability for a disabled civilian. In order to effectively improve the lives of those affected and reduce the unemployment rate, several projects and initiatives are being implemented in South Tyrol with the aim of creating new job prospects through further training. The fact that this formula for integration of work is demonstrated by the example of a specialized course on the topic of bookkeeping and accounting: almost all the participants of the course, all well-known disabled civilians of different ages, are now back in the middle of working life. The course organiser, The Association for Unfit Civilians (ANMIC South Tyrol), reports on small but big success stories.

Learn a profession, start in the right profession and practice the same profession for decades until retirement age: for the thousands of handicapped civilians in South Tyrol, this is unfortunately a security. Getting into the world of work is not easy due to their motor, mental or emotional illness. Sometimes their illness history leaves many people with no choice but to change jobs or give up the job they learned completely, for example if their life is torn apart by an accident or serious illness. The life-changing stroke of fate often affects young people, but sometimes only a few years pass after retirement. In any case, doubts and fears prevail: How will it continue?

“First and foremost, it is important that affected people seek help and recognize themselves as invalid civilians,” explains Thomas Eichner, President of ANMIC South Tyrol. “In this way, depending on the classification of the medical commission, they receive various types of assistance, ranging from granting free aid to the payment of financial benefits. Registration in the so-called “lists of protected categories” is especially useful for disabled civilians looking for work. Thanks to this, a person is cared for concerned by the relevant employment center by searching for a job with a mediator compatible with the individual illness or disability.For example, administrative work can be the answer for an unfit civilian who has worked in the brick industry for years and suffers from chronic asthma.However, if Never worked with a computer, used certain software or booked payments, Target’s business integration is reaching its limits.”

50-year-old Anya, a civilly disabled person from Finschgau, found herself in exactly the same precarious situation: “Because of my illness as well as Asperger’s syndrome, it became increasingly difficult for me to pursue my profession as a teacher. I had panic attacks, I felt weak and exhausted, and I was I am very ill. As a result, I can no longer exercise my previous job. As a result, I have been forced to work for a farmer as a day laborer. But after those two months have passed, I no longer know what to do.”

The same thing happened to 30-year-old Martin, a disabled civilian from Unterland: “I graduated from high school and worked as a weigher in a fruit depot in Trammen until I fell ill. As my health continued to deteriorate, I had to give up this job. After that I tried several times to contact my employers Others and find a new job. Unfortunately in vain.”

“As the largest lobby for South Tyrol civilians with disabilities and people with disabilities, we know that the stories of Anja and Martin are unfortunately not isolated cases. Thousands of disabled civilians wake up every day with great existential anxiety because they cannot find a suitable job or lack the necessary training.” “For this reason, we organized and conducted an accounting course that took several months almost a year ago. Since we are a voluntary organization with a limited budget, this would not have been possible without funding from the European Social Fund and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.”

Ten disabled civilians looking for work from all over South Tyrol took part in the accounting course. With a lot of hard work, commitment, and a thirst for knowledge, they spent five months learning many skills in bookkeeping and accounting. There were a total of eleven modules on various economic and legal topics, which prepared the participants for a future career in management and accounting. After more than 520 hours in the classroom, this is followed by an internship with a South Tyrol employer, where the theoretical knowledge gained can be applied in practice.

“In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated guidance, it has not been easy to find suitable training for the participants,” remembers Verena Bonata, project manager and employee at ANMIC South Tyrol. “But due to the wide range of possible applications, companies from a variety of industries agreed and were happy with the well-trained staff. The training companies included local companies as well as general management and large international companies.”

Among them is the company Rittner Finstral. Lead window maker Thomas, 47, an invalid civilian from Kastelruth, took over as the new apprentice. “Thomas worked in control during his internship, handling transportation cost calculations,” says Klaus Tabiner, Finstral AG’s Director of Sales. As a result, there was a vacancy in the field of price calculation and we hired it. Since then he has been doing his job meticulously, correctly and conscientiously – we are very satisfied with him. ”

Today, nearly four months after the end of the course, eight of the 10 participants have found a job and have thus taken an important step toward living a self-reliant life. So does Lucas from Chyna, who currently works in the accounting department of the Social Housing Institute (WOBI) in Miran. “Through the course, I not only got acquainted with the accountant’s field of activity, but also mastered it. As a result, I decided to do this job and then applied to WOBI in Miran. I really like the work of an accountant, and I am grateful that I found my place in the world of work, ”says the young man The 25-year-old.

Anja and Martin can also look back at the time they owe their current job: “I’m calmer and more balanced now, and my health is recovering too,” explains citizen Val Venusta. “The course was very fortunate for me, because I was able to implement my desire for change immediately. I might not have succeeded in it on my own. I was also very happy that I was allowed to continue working in the municipality of Mals after the internship. I would like to participate in the general competition Soon so I can continue to be a part of the community team.” Martin, on the other hand, is looking to the future with great anticipation, as he has been about to return to work for a long time: “On March 1, I will start as a payroll employee at Raiffeisen Association. South Tyrol. I’m looking forward to it!”

Matthias Grünfelder, accountant, accounting expert and lecturer on the additional course, also knows that this important step back into work after a long period of unemployment was not only great for the participants: “Thanks to the great implementation by ANMIC South Tyrol, participants learned the accounting and accounting concepts that they had learned from Zero in just a few months. Now most of them are working in this sector. I’m proud of it!”

The main activity of ANMIC South Tyrol, in addition to additional training courses, is to advise civilians and businesses with disabilities. This also includes aspects of labor law, support in the search for employees and jobs, advice on the mandatory employment rate and tax benefits, as well as assistance with the successful integration of disabled civilians and people with disabilities.

The Association for Unfit Civilians (ANMIC South Tyrol) is a voluntary, non-profit organization (EO) recognized at the state and county levels since 1965 and 1994, respectively. As the sole legal and legislative representation of disabled and disabled civilians, ANMIC South Tyrol represents them in public offices and private companies, so that disabled and disabled civilians in South Tyrol are fully integrated into everyday social and professional life. With over 6000 members, ANMIC South Tyrol is the largest advocacy group for civilians with disabilities and people with disabilities in South Tyrol.

From: Luke

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