The European partnership ‘European Action for Employment in Recovery’ (EAER), co-funded by Erasmus+, is more or less six months on the road. The EAER Partners met in Leiden, Holland, on February 18th-19th, to deliver positive and long-lasting effects on employability and increase the number of employment opportunities for people who have had substance use problems, including issues like rebranding of the Brand ‘I’ and how to repair a damaged reputation in a digital era.
Dutch EAER Meeting
The Meeting in Leiden was the second transnational meeting and focused very much on the development of the Good practise Guides, the EAER platform and ‘rebranding’ of people in recovery, entering the labour market. The first kick off meeting was held in Glasgow, UK. For a little flasback click on the previous articles on our site: EAER at Glance or that of our partner Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF): European project to give people in recovery from substance use in Scotland the opportunity to learn abroad.
Rebranding ‘I’ and Repairing a damaged Reputation
The aim of the EAER project is also to raise awareness of appropriate social media use and it’s value in developing a professional social digital identity and branding one’s self, particularly regarding job searching among people in recovery and professionals / trainers. Pieter van Schie, director of the Dutch Foundation says: ‘People do not realise that they need to be their own brand, how being the brand ‘I’ impacts the way you get a job, keep a job and do business. It’s today the age of the individual ‘I’ in a digital era.’
Soon we will launch the EAER Platform. As soon as the platform is available we will provide you the link. In the meantime, if organisations and professionals are interested to know more and want to be updated about our project, please contact us here.
Developing Employability Support Programmes for people in recovery
At Leiden we have further discussed that the EAER partnership will provide two ‘Good Practise Guides’:
- Good Practise Guide ‘Identifying and Aligning Training Support & Qualifications for Vulnerable Individuals Participating in an Employment Support Project’
- Good Practice Guide ‘Developing Employability Support Programmes for people in recovery’
We expect that the work on the EAER Guides will be finished before summer 2019.