The untapped potential of marginalised communities

Michaela Mudroňová from People in Need, talks about specific programs aimed at helping the long-term unemployed find work and establishing successful cooperation with businesses.

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Back in May, AmCham organized an event focused on the employment of socially excluded groups and the untapped potential it represents for employers facing an alarming lack of workforce. Michaela Mudroňová, Coordinator of Employment Counseling in People in Need, moderated the event and is a top expert in this field.

What are the biggest barriers that people from marginalized communities face when trying to break the cycle of generational poverty?
The biggest problems of marginalized communities are high indebtedness, high rate of unemployment and long-term unemployment and low income of the families. That is caused by many different factors – mostly low level of education, skills and competencies, cultural differences and the loss of social skills and work habits, bad health condition of the population etc. Many families are living only on the social benefits and it is extremely difficult to break the circle of poverty.

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