How to generate opportunities for the long-term unemployed?

The crisis has brought a very large diversity of people and groups into long-term unemployment. There is extensive evidence on its far-reaching negative consequences it causes: from losses of income in the short-run, to lesser opportunities to access a decent job and a decent wage; to worsen mental and physical health and higher mortality rates. Further, parental long term unemployment it also hampers children educational progress and lowers their future earnings.

For the purpose of focusing on some specific groups that are particularly affected in the five participating cities of the Accellerating Change for Social Inclusion project, the search for proven innovations has been centred around three specific groups: older people out for a job for more than 12 months, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants. This does not undermine the ability of some innovations to tackle the challenge for different groups.

A web-based recruitment agency that connects people who are looking for employment, with and without disabilities, with job offers suited to their skills, while helping companies to rethink disability.
An online job platform that provides refugees with access to the labour market by connecting them with employers according to their skills and knowledge. While promoting refugee integration, it helps employers to find talent and increase diversity.
A project that helps mothers in vulnerable situations re-enter employment, education or training through offering a flexible and easy-to-access childcare service over an extensive period of time.
An online marketplace that matches freelance labour with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work.
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A programme that pairs skilled migrants with mentors who are professionals in their field in a four-month partnership. While supporting mentees in their job search, mentors gain greater cultural awareness and leadership skills.
A capacity-building and microcredit programme aimed at supporting the creation and scaling of cooperative businesses in low income communities through technical assistance, access to credit and training.