Transition from WIPs to the regular labour market requires collaboration between the promoters of WIPs and the regular labour market. The organisation running the WIP should play a significant mediating role in the relationship between individuals and employers. This means accepting part of the responsibility for the process, and also having skilled staff capable of negotiating with potential employers. Also, a mediating, support role can be offered through services such as CV writing, interview preparation and job seeking.

It is very important to establish good links with employers and to advocate for good work/contract conditions. So, be prepared to invest a good deal of energy here if a transition to the open labour market is a goal in your WIP or for your target group.

In order to motivate employers to hire vulnerable workers, you can:

  • Demonstrate that relevant private companies and public agencies have already taken vulnerable workers as employees
  • Argue that such hiring procedures have a positive impact on the community, namely if you are dealing with local organisations to try and solve local issues and needs
  • Show that they will be leading by example (this can be articulated with the theme of ‘corporate/organisational social responsibility’)
  • Present success cases, indicating that these persons do add value to the company
  • Organise employers’ workshops
  • Try reducing the bureaucratic hassle associated to hiring target group individuals, and show prospective employers you have done so
  • Develop lobbying, public relations and media campaigns

If previous cases have worked particularly well with some employers, elect those as privileged entry points for new target group participants, and keep sending them to those employers. This will enable the creation of a solid network of organisations that respect each other’s work.

To be sure, previous accomplishments are no guarantee of future successes, so you will always need to make sure that the people you send are stable and well supported. Such support can benefit, for example, from the implementation of a buddy system (a colleague that can monitor and help a recent employee) and from aiding people in managing their domestic budget.