Labor & Education

Thousands of disadvantaged adults to receive support across Hungary

In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Directorate-General for Social Opportunity (TEF) will launch training sessions for more than 4,600 disadvantaged people at 290 sites across Hungary.

Katalin Langerné Victor, State Secretary for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Interior, said the government had prepared a plan to bring disadvantaged groups together and help train them.

A number of age-specific projects have already been launched to make life easier for disadvantaged families, such as the establishment of study halls, or the Roma Vocational College program for graduates.

This initiative is aimed primarily at adults of working age without qualifications. Attila Sztojka, Director-General of TEF, said the HUF 6.3 billion flagship project, which was founded in August, would allow 12,000 people with no qualifications or poor education, or disadvantaged people between the ages of 18 and 55, free training until 2021.

The training sessions focus primarily on completing primary education and then on practice-oriented training for those with specific skills, which can lead them into the job market or even start their own business. Participants receive support and free textbooks and tools for learning, along with so-called “catch-up mentors” to help them. The program also gives them the opportunity to find work experience.

Graduates also receive a subsistence allowance for a period of one to six months if their prospective workplace undertakes employment as part of an apprenticeship.

There are now 1,178 people receiving the training sessions in Hungary and in the next few days, they will start training 4,600 more in 290 locations. To date, 349 training courses have been launched or are ongoing in eighteen counties across the country.

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