Case study - Working with the Roma community

Roma-girl 350

C&K Careers, along with Careers Europe, successfully obtained LSIS Equality and Diversity funding to work with the West Yorkshire Roma community.

Background

Since EU enlargement in 2004 and 2007, a number of local Roma communities formed in West Yorkshire:

  • In Bradford, 800 Roma used the National Careers Service during 2011-12.
  • Specific issues related to the Roma group were identified as limiting progression.
  • A service tailored to the specific needs of Roma clients was either not provided or was very limited, often because advisers lacked awareness and/or practical knowledge.

Solution

The Enabling Roma Project aimed to:

  • Identify the main challenges that Roma clients have to overcome as job seekers.
  • Characterise the Roma specific needs and identify the training needs of professionals providing careers advice.
  • Develop resources to help advisers at the National Careers Service better understand Roma issues.
  • Increase the number of Roma customers accessing the National Careers Service.
  • Disseminate the project resources to over 200 advisers.
  • Contribute to the Equality Duty’s aim to advance equality of opportunity for specific target groups.

Results

  • Better equipped National Careers Service advisers in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, with a wider knowledge of specific Roma needs and issues.
  • Supported advisers to help and encourage the increasing number of job seekers from the Roma target group to integrate into work, cultural and societal contexts.
  • Encouraged Roma clients to access the National Careers Service for guidance, practical information and finding employment.
  • Met the 'Equality, Duty and LSIS’ project themes by embedding Equality and Diversity activities for Roma clients with the National Careers Service. 
  • Produced a project report on the findings, an adviser guide and two short films, one in Slovak and one in Czech, both with English subtitles
  • Promoted the project at three national events and a number of local meetings.

Future

C&K Careers, on behalf of the National Careers Service, will:

  • Continue to disseminate the findings throughout 2013 and into 2014.
  • Measure the impact the Enabling Roma project has had on the West Yorkshire Roma community.

For further information:

Contact: Julie, Information Services Manager
Call: 01484 225500
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matrix logo

Disability Confident Employer logo

CDI logo

Workplace Wellbeing Charter logo