Projekt HOPES-4-LOW on the integration of low-skilled young Roma is approaching its finalization – what went well?


The non-profit organization EPIC is completing the implementation of the international project “Services to open eyes and career opportunities for low -skilled Roma youth — Hopes-4-Low“.


ONLINE H4L Conference was organised December 15, 2020 at 10:00AM

Project actors have shared the results as well as the positive and negative aspects of the project implementation.

The aim of the project was to strengthen work habits and increase job opportunities of low-skilled young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We have also sought to achieve greater integration of Roma youth into the open labor market which is still a current and resonant topic in our society. Roma youth aged 18 to 35 years with primary and secondary education from Hungary and Slovakia were the target group of the project. They were lead and trained by mentors on an individual basis.

Due to the persisting challenges with the integration of Roma people into the labor market, the project was focused on supporting the low-skilled Roma youth where we concentrated and their basic skills, how to find a job, or how to increase and build their self-confidence and motivation. An important part of working with the Roma youth was the sensitization of employers towards the employment of Roma people, as well as the elimination of discrimination in the employment process. Non-profit organization EPIC has worked with a group of young Roma at Orechový dvor in Nitra. The company Jaguar-Land Rover near Nitra actively joined the project.

The final H4L ONLINE Conference has discussed the ups and downs of the project, what was achieved, what din not not and why. At the same time, we gave the participants of the conference a space for sharing their opinions and experience in relation to the work with Roma communities. The program will be varied and practice-oriented.

The Conference was attended by the direct stakeholders of the H4L project: coach, mentors, employers and Hungarian partners. Among the invited, there were  representatives of NGOs, local government and state administration dealing with the everyday challenges of Roma communities.

Video from the conference is available here: