Way to employment

The aim of the MPath project is to facilitate the employment of the Roma people living in the settlement. In addition, our mentoring scheme helps not only job-seekers from the settlement but also employers.

The vast majority of the local Roma community of Bag are employed within the government’s public work program, which was launched in 2012. Whilst the program has undeniably helped those who could not find a job before, it is not a real solution as it does not facilitate transition to other, more suitable jobs. Unfortunately, this work program is the only employment opportunity and potential income source for undereducated, unemployed or inexperienced Roma people. A system has been created in which there is no incentive to invest in the education and training of the workers, rather, it keeps them “trapped” and it hardly takes in new people. The employees get minimum wage for very hard physical work, but they still can’t earn a proper living. With support, these people could be given a chance to improve their skills and find a suitable job to improve their lives.


The background of the project - What is MPath about?

The MPath (Mentoring Pathways Towards Employment) is a 2 year-long project within the ERASMUS+ program supported by the European Union with 6 participating international organisations (from Portugal, Cyprus, Romania and Hungary).

The aims of the project:

  • To create a mentor and mentor coordinator traning scheme which brings together potential trainers, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations. Its primary aim is to determine the crucial skills and competencies for the labour market participation of the underprivileged.
  • To create a system which helps the long-term unemployed, unskilled or inexperienced to find the most suitable job.
  • To support existing employer initiatives which support the above causes (e.g. internship schemes), strengthening the relationship between employer and employee (e.g. mentor-mentee relationship).


The importance and role of mentoring

Mentoring is a process based on skill improvement with continuous support and training, which also takes into account the characteristics and needs of the group and previous good examples from other countries. It is not a formal, professional collaboration between a client and a social worker, rather, it is a long-term relationship which helps underprivileged, vulnerable groups to gain experience, knowledge, and skills.

Out of the six participating organisations, BAGázs and Aproximar have been successfully developing mentoring schemes since 2009. Our experience suggests that a suitable mentoring scheme helps to develop the necessary skills for finding a full-time job with secure, permanent and fair income.

Further aims of the project

To develop a novel, innovative system which fosters learning and teaching to increase the employability of disadvantaged groups using the experiences of the MOMMIE and MEGAN mentor schemes.

To identify the skills and competencies that are necessary to find jobs. To determine employer profiles that are required by donors, companies and NGOs to integrate disadvantaged groups into their workforce..

To plan a mentoring scheme which helps the undereducated, long-term unemployed and inexperienced to develop the necessary skills to enter the labour market.

To create a program which helps the targeted companies, non-profit organisations and governmental institutions to sustain the motivation of underpriviliged workers and to motivate them to develop further skills to increase their employability.

To create a control group for analysing the impact of the program, the efficacy of the trainings and the mentoring scheme.



Finding a full-time job despite the socio-economic disadvantage
After finishing primary school, I started a secondary vocational school with a healthcare specialization, but due to my family circumstances I was unable to graduate. I had my first child at a young age and then his siblings came therefore I was on maternity benefit for 8 years. When my children were old enough that I could go back to work I immediately realised that I should have finished school. Having no other options, I started working in the public work program, I was a cleaner and janitor at the community centre in Bag.

I had worked there for 3 years when I got fed up with the humiliating circumstances. I got a part-time job (in addition to my full-time job) at the local charity organisation where I previously worked as a volunteer. I really liked this job and I felt I was good at it. After a year, the director of the organisation offered me a full-time job there because she thought I was reliable and trustworthy, and good at motivating and reaching out to others.

At first I was a bit scared of the novelty of the tasks, because at my previous workplace I never got any positive feedback about my work. But they encouraged me and told me I was doing a good job and it felt really nice that they saw the potential in me and this gave me the courage to quit the public work program eventually. I felt that I was capable of achieving more but I needed a change so that I can be in the environment where I am encouraged to fulfil my potential. I think I am a sociable person and I also work well as a member of a team which what my current job is about. For a year now, I have a job I love and I am good at and it also allows me to work for my local community.

Krisztina Kovács

Krisztina Kovács

Program manager

Do you have any questions?
Please let us know at krisztina.kovacs@bagazs.org!

 Éva Kanalas - Léna

Éva Kanalas - Léna

Local program coordinator

Istvanne Lakatos - Kati

Istvanne Lakatos - Kati

Local program coordinator

mpath-logo1                   The MPath project runs from September 2015 until November 2017.



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