1.a, General information
On 30 September 2013, our municipality submitted its application under the title 'Promotion of local economic development building on the Budapest airport through new labour market services of Budapest District 18 and Vecsés' within the 'Capacity Building and Institutional Cooperation' programme of Norway Grants (funding period 2009-2014). The decision about the possible launch of the project was postponed and eventually on April 2016 the application got the green light. The implementation period of the project was reduced to 1 year and the closing date became the 30th of April 2017.
The aim of the project is to exploit the economic potential of the Budapest airport area located within the borders of Budapest 18th district and town Vecsés more broadly and more effectively. Budapest International Airport and the economic activities built upon it are a determining factor for the socio-economic development of the surrounding area. What this project aims at is the stimulation of airport-related local employment through the introduction of new and innovative labour-market-related services. These services will be provided by the two municipalities in strong cooperation with local stakeholders, based on the experience and knowledge provided by our Norwegian partner (Lillehammer University College). The project would help local residents in either finding suitable jobs on the spot or in keeping their current ones: this way, the project intends to reduce local unemployment through training and capacity building of local residents.
As a first step, situation and market analysis will be conducted: these analyses will focus on the local labour and training market with an additional analysis exploring institutional gaps and training needs within the two municipalities.
The next step will be the creation of a training coordination office which will provide, in line with the increasingly important concept of lifelong learning, a permanent variety of labour-market-tailored, extracurricular training courses. The location of this training coordination office is a municipality-owned building at Üllői út 317, 1181, Budapest, Hungary. The structure and duration of courses and the range of possible qualifications will be determined in accordance with the direct needs of the respective interviewed companies. It is important for us to develop adult educational materials which correspond to the true needs of our residents and to make all the related training courses publicly available.
The project's strategy was shaped with regard to gender equality and equal opportunity rules and this principle will apply for the proposed training courses as well. This means that we put a strong emphasis on the training and capacity building of women.
One major and essential part of the project is the exchange of experiences between Hungarian and Norwegian partners. A long-term cooperation agreement and a mid-term employment and training strategy will be developed, in addition to a sustainability plan.
There are many other partner institutions participating in the project, along with the Municipality of 18th District of Budapest as lead partner. Among our partners you can find local and regional authorities, higher education institutions, civil organisations and enterprises. Our partnership consists of partners which are all basically involved in managing challenges created by the local labour market so it is to their interest as well to actively contribute to our project by elaborating appropriate and state-of-the-art solutions.
Project promoter (Lead partner):
Municipality of 18th District of Budapest
- Municipality of Vecsés Town
- Government Office of the Capital City Budapest
- Budapest Airport Ltd.
- King Sigismund Business School
- Association of Adult Education Providers
- Lillehammer University College
The project implemented within the framework of Norway Grants has a 95% grant rate, the ratio of own-contribution compared to total budget is 5%.
Total budget of the project: 964.775,68 EUR
Total amount of awarded grant: 916.537 EUR
Grants will be disbursed for validated expenditures by the International Development and Fund Coordination Agency Co. Ltd. (NFFKÜ) acting as Implementing Agency after the approval from the Programme Operator.
In case of projects funded by the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants 2009-2014 the starting date for the eligibility of costs is the date of the sponsor’s decision whereas the closing date is the date stated in the subsidy contract but not later than 30 April 2017. Only costs emerging and being disbursed within this timeframe are eligible for reimbursement within the scope of the project.
1.d, What we expect from the project
- Unexploited economic development potential: The 18th district of Budapest does not take full advantage of the proximity of Budapest airport being one of the most significant local economic actors
- Structural unemployment: The qualification of job seekers does not fit the qualifications required for vacant jobs in the area
- coordination of trainings for potential employees according to the needs of the region’s most prominent economic actors
- ensuring permanent contact between job seekers and employers
- designing courses matching both the supply and demand side of the labour market
- elaborating long-term solutions and tools
- long-term utilisation and capitalisation of the training coordination office established during the project
- contribution to managing challenges created by the local labour market
- utilising the outstanding experience of Lillehammer University College in practice by adopting the concept of lifelong learning to our district
- reducing local unemployment through training and competency development of local residents
1.e, Importance of gender equality
Men and women must have equal rights and opportunities in all areas of society and the economy. The applicant has to take into consideration the impact of the project also from the perspective of gender equality.
Each applicant has to take into consideration all the aspects below during planning and implementation to identify some of the specific needs of women and men targeted by each Programme:
- Representation and participation: Is there a different share of women and men in the Programme target group? What are their characteristics?
- Access to resources: How are resources divided between men and women in the target group (time, information, money and economic power, education and training, work and career, IT and communication, social services, mobility)?
- Rights, norms and values: Are there assumptions about what men and women do in the area you are targeting? How do these influence gender roles and the gendered division of labour?
After identifying these specific needs, the following methodology should then be addressed in order to ensure that gender equality is taken into consideration in all the phases of development of the Programme:
- How does the Programme take into account the identified gender-specific needs and address gender-specific conditions?
- How is the Programme in line with national policies and priorities related to gender equality?
- How does the Programme provide sex-disaggregated baseline data and indicators?
- Does the Programme include explicit budget allocations and resources towards activities targeting women / men or gender equality issues?
- How does the Programme promote equal participation within its management?
(from Regulation on the implementation of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009-14, Annex 9 – Programme Operators’ Manual )
Among our intended measures targeting gender equality we can mention our partnership's purposefulness in choosing colleagues to participate in professional meetings and discussion forums. Moreover, during the design and realisation of our courses we take the specific needs of employed and unemployed women into account as well. For this reason, there will be courses organised exclusively for female applicants. In addition to that, while designing the interior of the training coordination office one of the basic ideas was the creation of a children's corner which would make our courses more accessible for the public.