The state owned textile industries in Egypt (more than 250.000 workers) were heavily overstaffed and could only compete and survive on the international market after a deep restructuring. These restructuring should be carried out in several steps and in a social acceptable process.
The project was divided in three different Framework projects. The first project was dedicated to transfer best practices on social restructuring in Europe and contained a study visit to Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Germany on procedures and approaches for redeployment of redundant workers (in particular in coal and steel industry).
The second project included the establishment of a Labour Pool (job-counselling and redeployment) organisation for the public textile sector in Egypt. Nehem International assisted with the establishment of the organisation (organisation design, staff training, job-counselling approach, vocational guidance approach, PR, etc.) and coached the 40 staff members of the Labour Pool. The labour pool assisted a part of the redundant workers with starting or enlarging their own business, for which Nehem International developed instruments and trained staff. The third project focused on assistance with the development of new instruments (lending-out, spin-offs, New Economic Activities) and the improvement of the current instruments.
In total the Labour Pool assisted more than 7.000 redundant workers with their new future.
(EU, 2005 – 2010)