CSSG takes off from where the work of other charities ends. Once a child turns eighteen most charities withdraw their support, this is where CSSG steps in and takes over to ensure that those young individuals are provided with opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves.
Step by step process
We follow a strict structure for placing those in our care and ensure that all parties are fully committed and aware of the process. The process is managed internally by CSSG through a dedicated liaison officer.
Actionable for all placements: (regularly updated)
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- CSSG works with other charities such as Rainbow Homes to identify individuals suitable for a placement within the creative sectors.
- Participants need to be aged 18 and therefore legally entitled to work. (In some cases they are asked to provide a poverty certificate)
- The potential participants are met by CSSG at their homes (partner charities) where an informal chat will take place to seek out young men and women interested in a work placement.
- The young adults chosen get an informal briefing by CSSG and their own charity for their upcoming interview with a prospect employer.
- The employers will conduct an interview with the young men and women interested in a placement and if satisfied offer a placement to the candidates. In some cases, like Costa, the future employees have to pass an English and Math test and will only be considered as candidates if they have passed their 10th grade of schooling.
- Placements are given to individuals according to their personal interests and availability.
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Partners (Employer) Role:
- Our partners are expected to provide a sufficient training to the young men and women.
- In case the employers do not have a proper development plan in place (e.g. some standalones) they will be asked to provide a development plan including a progression programme whereby the young people are guaranteed a definitive advancement.
- The usual pay starts between 5.000 and 10.000 Rupees a month, but may vary over the different sectors.
- Working hours will be according to the company’s individual policy on a full or part-time working day.
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Third Party Charities Role:
- The third party charity, being the home for the young women and men plays a crucial role in the participants’ well-being, as they are the first point of contact for the child and hold the strongest relationship to them.
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CSSG in cooperation with the Third Party Charity:
- CSSG and the charity both together ensure that the young men and women in placements are not taken advantage of among others by ensuring that a development plan is in action and getting regular feedback from participants and partners.
- Feedback is taken very seriously; the young men and women are expected to address their charity– with whom they will have established strong relationships – with any concerns and this feedback is then forwarded to CSSG and will result in a meeting with all parties in order to discuss and solve the problem.
- The charity together with CSSG also have the task to help change the young men and women’s mindset to understand the benefits of employment; through regular talks and mentoring we try to make them see the bigger picture and understand the value of a work place.
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The participants are expected to:
- Be on time
- Inform employers about any absence
- Be clean and nicely dressed
- Bring along a polite attitude
- Be engaged
- Have an open mindset
- Report back any problems to their charity/CSSG
- Keep diary