201818Jun

Facilicom Group launches ‘Buitengewoon’ social enterprise

201818Jun

After a year of intensive preparation, Facilicom Group today launches its own social enterprise: ‘Buitengewoon’, or exceptional. Work for everyone is its mission. This is how we take on the struggle against inequality in the labour market. But will it also create real jobs? Absolutely! A pilot project in Utrecht has already proved that the ‘exceptional’ approach works.

All those wanting to work must be given the chance to do so. It might sound logical, but it’s far from being the reality. Consider the unemployed young people without any diplomas, single parents on welfare benefits, or residence-permit holders only recently arrived in the Netherlands. Despite really wanting to work, they are often not given the chance. It’s precisely for them that Facilicom has launched Buitengewoon. “It’s not about us being so exceptional or special. Though our approach certainly is,” emphasises Buitengewoon initiator Etienne Friederichs.

After a year of intensive preparation, Facilicom Group today launches its own social enterprise: ‘Buitengewoon’, or exceptional. Work for everyone is its mission. This is how we take on the struggle against inequality in the labour market. But will it also create real jobs? Absolutely! A pilot project in Utrecht has already proved that the ‘exceptional’ approach works.

All those wanting to work must be given the chance to do so. It might sound logical, but it’s far from being the reality. Consider the unemployed young people without any diplomas, single parents on welfare benefits, or residence-permit holders only recently arrived in the Netherlands. Despite really wanting to work, they are often not given the chance. It’s precisely for them that Facilicom has launched Buitengewoon. “It’s not about us being so exceptional or special. Though our approach certainly is,” emphasises Buitengewoon initiator Etienne Friederichs.

Restrictive requirements and prejudices

Buitengewoon offers people a stepping stone to a paid job in one of the Facilicom companies or outside it. This requires good supervision on the shop floor. It’s at least as important that we come together in accepting differences. “There are any number of restrictive requirements and prejudices in the labour market. Sometimes it’s within people themselves, but also often in the environment,” says Etienne.

Discovering and supervising talent

Facilicom offers jobs where people can get started in practical terms. Whether in the hospitality industry, catering, cleaning, security, installation technology or care. After careful selection the candidates are put to work at one of Facilicom’s companies. That starts with an orientation phase. Through an internship or work experience placement, they discover the field of facilities and where their own talents lie. Buitengewoon also organises special trial placements with Facilicom relations. Utrecht saw a start being made on this in the past year, in a pilot project. It’s all done by working together regionally with the various Facilicom divisions, and with (local) partners, industry peers, neighbourhood teams and the municipality.

Organised regionally

Buitengewoon is an integral part of Facilicom, but at the same time it is independent. That’s important, because it underlines the fact that it’s about combating inequality. It’s not the commercial interest that comes first, but the cooperation in offering jobs to people who would not otherwise be considered. In other cities, too, Buitengewoon wants to use its exceptional approach to ensure that more people get jobs.

Take a look at www.facilicombuitengewoon.nl

There you will also find exceptional stories of ordinary people, like Egbert and Karine.