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ISS Denmark Helps Young People On Social Security Get Ahead

ISS Denmark helps young people on social security get ahead

02-05-2014

ISS Denmark, DSB and the Municipality of Høje Taastrup have developed a project to help young people on social security get education and a stepping stone into the labour market.

One in five young people in Denmark are neither enrolled in education nor in employment. In autumn 2013, ISS teamed up with DSB (the Danish State Railways) and the Municipality of Høje Taastrup to develop and implement the project ‘Education Clarification in practice’. It is a project to help get more young people in education or work through short internships in different companies. Both ISS and DSB have provided available internships.

Great success

Of the 19 young people who completed the course, 13 have now begun an education or started in a job – and two of those have signed student contracts with the company where they were interns. One of them is 21 -year-old Frederik Nygaard Pedersen, who has always dreamed of becoming a chef and has previously attended the Hotel and Restaurant School:

– When I moved to Høje Taastrup Municipality, the job centre offered me to join the project. This meant that I was in two short internships at ISS canteens at Maersk on Esplanaden and at Carlsberg in Høje Taastrup. And it gave me new energy to pursue my dream.

After the short internship, Frederik signed a training agreement with ISS, which means that he is now receiving training in the kitchen at Copenhagen Metro Team. Frederik is scheduled to be a fully trained chef in the summer of 2016.

The project is also a good example of how local authorities and private sector partnerships can accomplish an important task. Mayor in Høje Taastrup Michael Ziegler, said:
– We are pleased with the cooperation. The companies in the project providing a very valuable contribution, and the results show that our focused support can accomplish this important task and help young people. In Høje Taastrup, we take young people's education and career choices very seriously. I hope that the lessons learned from the project can be shared as other municipalities can benefit from them as well.

In the spring of 2014, a new team of 24 young people started on ‘Education Clarification in practice’. Already halfway through the course, five young people began an education and one got a job, while the others are either waiting for enrolment or are in the process of seeking education or training contracts.

About ISS

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The ISS Group was founded in Copenhagen in 1901 and has grown to become one of the world’s leading Facility Services companies. ISS offers a wide range of services such as: Cleaning, Catering, Security, Property and Support Services as well as Facility Management. Global revenue amounted to DKK 78.5 billion in 2013 and ISS has more than 530,000 employees and local operations in more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Pacific, serving thousands of both public and private sector customers.