DL: Employment centers within the farm – They work separately from farms, but in symbiosis

09/30/2018 | 16:50

(Photo: M. L. - S.)

(Photo: M. L. – S.)

The year-long project of Employment Opportunities on Farms, carried out by the LAG & # 39; s Dolenjska and Bela krajina and LAG & # 39; s along the traces of heritage from Turjak to Kolpa as a partnership project of the four local action groups (LAG & # 39 ; s) in the area that falls under the Dolenjski list, ended. As part of the pilot project, they have explored the possibilities of creating employment centers in the farms, noting that the area covered by our newspaper is interesting and offers opportunities.

"We started animation workshops at the end of last year and invited them to the farm first with the intention of informing them of what employment centers are," says Jožica Povše, head of the program in the LAGs & Dolenjska and Bela Krajina ; one of their activities is also the implementation of social programs in rural areas. The implementation of the Employment Opportunities Project on Farms, partly co-financed by the EAFRD, measure 16.9, was carried out with a view to increasing employability in rural areas. In the context of this project, which aimed to inform and encourage interested companies with workshops and specially trained promoters for the employment of people with less work capacity, the example of the Grunt institution for social entrepreneurship in the Komenda countryside took working within the framework of the Zadrgal farm.


"The case is interesting because it really works in practice," says Jožica Povše. Employment Center Grunt is an independent legal entity and a completely separate unit of the farm, however, as Jožica Povše says, both units must function in full symbiosis. This is true, as he explains, for the owner of the farm, Matija Zadrgala, and a professional manager, director of the labor office Petar Svetina, who is also the conceptual father of the employment office.

"The Employment Center buys potatoes and milk from farmers and milk and sells them on or off, from which they produce dairy products: yogurt, cheese, cheeses, which are then sold in a shop within the farm," explains Jožica Povše, adding that there are working disabled people. are in the Employment Center, who work in various agricultural activities within the Grunt Institute on the farm: working in a shed, in commercial buildings and on the ground, cleaning and processing agricultural products, preparation of semi-finished products and the sale and distribution thereof. Employees in the institution therefore receive a fixed monthly salary with all reimbursements. The Center is funded in part by the public guarantee, maintenance and disability fund, the quota system for the employment of disabled people, employing more than 20 workers, and there is no disabled person, and created from its own resources through complementary activities .


»Recruitment companies in Slovenia, where people with less energy work, proven by their success that their recipe is true. On such farms people with special needs get work and companies need extra help to work on the farm, "says Jožica Povše.

Because employment centers are less well known as organizational forms on farms, because of the breakdown of stereotypes about the inability of working people, the participants were aware of the example of the Grunt Institute and social legislation in the workshops. On the basis of workshops and after seeing separate farms, 6 companies were selected in the area of ​​each LAS, which showed that there was a need for additional employment. They paid particular attention to companies where the potential for the development of additional activities was discovered or which already carried out one of the complementary activities and should be strengthened. Two companies were selected below, for which they have drawn up a business plan, which will help to verify the idea of ​​creating a labor office, as explained by Jožica Povše, which means are needed to bring the employment office to life.

In the area of ​​LAG Dolenjska and Bela Krajina, Dular from Novo mesto and Cerjanec from Krupa in the municipality of Semič were selected in the municipality of Laško, in the area of ​​LAG, along the paths of heritage from Turjak to Kolpa, ecological farm Kocjančič of Gotenica in the municipality Kočevje and ecological farm Marolt of Gorenji Podpoljan in the municipality of rayon. The Dular farm is engaged in milk production and wants to modernize milk supply through processing, whereby yogurt, butter and other products can be processed and sold within the employment office. The same applies to the Kocjančič farm, but it already works with the processing of milk, but we want to expand it mainly by buying a larger boiler for the preparation of yoghurt. The Cerjanec farm, which has a very varied activity, is mainly occupied with tourist activities, with accommodation, I want to expand my offer of herbalism and on the farm of Marolt, which deals with milk production, we want to modernize the barn, the increase stock cattle and began to process the milk and also to revitalize and update the sawmill.

"Because working with people with disabilities requires specific knowledge, we have been looking for farms where the owner or part of the family members has experience," says Jožica Povše, adding that there are such people on both selected companies their LAS, and that this has prevailed in the selection of both companies. According to the project manager Primož Pahor of LAG in the Kočevsko-Ribniško region, according to the paths of Turjak heritage to Kolpa, they mainly looked at the size of the farms and their ability and willingness to hire the more difficult employers. Another important aspect in the selection of farms was, as Pahor says, that they have young heirs with a good education, both of which are selected farms in the LAG area and have traces of heritage from Turjak to Kolpa. In addition to the fact that it is very important that an employment agency employing at least five people with disabilities is run by someone with a sense of humor, a leader such as Pahor must also have a higher education or university education.


In addition to the business plan drawn up for the selected farms, a manual has been drawn up within the project, which can serve as a guide for farmers who decide to establish a labor office in their company, which they should pay attention to. "We also presented the opportunities for obtaining funds," says Jožica Povše, adding that the purchase of equipment can be obtained from the rural development program, a special diversification of measures in non-agricultural activities and smaller funds from the CLLD. . In addition, three job promoters were trained in the project area for each of the participating LAGs. They will help the selected farms if they decide to cooperate with a labor office that, as Pahor says, can also be for several farms, and with advice they will also help those who would later decide on this path.

The article is published in the 28th edition of the Dolenjski list on 12 July 2018

Mojca Leskovšek – Holy

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