Fuenlabrada is a young working City located in the South of the metropolitan area of Madrid that in the last four decades has almost tripled its population as a result of an intense migratory process both national and international.
In the City, unemployment is especially high among lower skilled young people. The access to employment is one of the principal elements of the City’s social inclusion policies. Registered unemployment, in November 2017, was 14.225 people (5.889 men and 8.836 women), 1.834 of them are migrants (12.9%).
One of the main challenges of the City is the integration of people at risk of social exclusion, especially unemployed people. In this sense, the objective is to generate opportunities for the inhabitants, both local and migrants, in a collaborative way to access to the labour market.
As a result of this collaboration process the project expects to facilitate migrants’ social inclusion, as well as increase the possibilities to get a job or create a start-up company for unemployed people.
The project will promote the integration between cultures through acculturation innovative programs. This will be based in a collaborative way in which local inhabitants and migrants will work together to increase their employability.
Business Challenges Labs (BC Labs) will be created with an active role of social economy companies, where the target groups will receive training oriented to generate the capacities (technical/practical skills) in niches of employment with present and future potential employment opportunities (Green Production, Urban Creation and Recycling, Communication and Production/Multimedia development, Integration and Installation of Devices, Digital Production, Provision of Elderly Care and Catering).
BC Labs will also improve the employability as well as foster entrepreneurship (by promoting the development of products and services demanded in the real job market).
The MILMA project expects that the BC Lab will strengthen social cohesion, both increasing the integration of migrants (collaborative actions with local citizens) and their labour opportunities.
- Municipality of Fuenlabrada
- CIFE- Fuenlabrada Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Public agency
- Santa María la Real Foundation - NGO
- ASALMA - NGO
- CESAL - NGO
- Islamic Culture Centre of Fuenlabrada - NGO
The development of the project seeks to reach the following results:
- It is expected that the incorporation of social companies to the training activities in the BC Labs will allow to improve personal and technical skills of the participants according to the real labour market.
- The close contact between locals and migrants in BC Labs will improve a real integration of migrants in the social context.
- Reduce the number of unemployed people in Fuenlabrada, through the increase of their possibilities to access the job market or through entrepreneurship. By the end of the project’s duration, at least, 20% of the participants will be inserted in the labour market.
September 2018: Identification of social companies
December 2018: Selection and establishment of partnership with the potential social enterprises. Adaptation of spaces and provision of equipment for the BC Labs.
April 2019: First Participants’ selection and creation of working groups of the Experimental Teams of Employment and Integration (ETEIs)& Identification of companies for the proposal of BC and Creation of a Social companies’ Network.
November 2019: Launching and execution of the first period of BC Labs
May 2020: Checking the ongoing delivery of key activities.
December 2020: Development of products, services and entrepreneurship in response to business challenges.
Our challenge is to make of Fuenlabrada a reference of integration, a City where the population feels proud to be part of a community in which all cultures have a place.