Nearly 20 per cent unemployment rate, including as many as 60 percent unemployed women – here is, despite the exceptional activity of local authorities to reduce these rates, a present picture of the situation on the labour market in Rypin – a town in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province. In fact it was that gigantic unemployment problem and seeking ideas for its solution that was the subject of the second Economic Forum in Rypin.
The theme of this year’s forum was a repair Program for the labour market in Rypin. - Why have we organized this event right here? The answer is simple: the town is known for its ingenuity, entrepreneurship, being receptive to business. In general – it is known for the creation of added value – said Andrzej Malinowski, the President of the Employers of Poland. – Owing to the new labour laws, our organization has been insistently sought, entrepreneurs will find it easier to adjust employment to their needs - said President Malinowski.
- I am convinced that thanks to such meetings we can get closer to solving the problem of unemployment in our town – next said the mayor of the Rypin town, Paweł Grzybowski.
In the opinion of the guest star of the Forum, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, one of the opportunities to reduce unemployment of young people is the so-called dual system of vocational education, that is the study with the simultaneous practice in the workplace. He also stressed the need for change of the current functioning of Labour Offices which, instead of being a place of registration of the unemployed, must more closely meet the challenges of occupational activation centre.
The Minister assured that he was a staunch advocate of expanding the economic zones. The Minister’s idea prepared on the spot and associated with a possible introduction of the Labour Code division into appropriately diverse solutions for large and small companies, was a very interesting concept.
Monika Gładoch, an advisor to the President of the Employers of Poland, proposed a repair plan for the labour market in Rypin. She diagnosed six biggest problems facing the local labour market and any possibilities of their solution. In her view, seeking for investors should be done among others through a large-scale information and promotion activity. The Poviat of Rypin (the administrative district of Rypin) continues to invest in the development of local infrastructure, while nearly 7 hectares within the municipality of Rypin comprises a subzone of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone. The entrepreneurs interested in investing in the subzone can count on attractive system economic incentives among others in the form of relief concerning the exemption from property tax.
The region boasts a comprehensive offer of vocational education and at the same time there is a shortage of suitably qualified staff. Therefore, the practice and work placements are so important.
A response to weak local demand could be an offer of products and services that would reach beyond the district, province or even the country through the development of e-commerce (electronic commerce), as well as investments in shared services centres.
The delays in payment or a decrease in consumption also present problem. Both at the national and regional level are offered instruments that can effectively assist an employer to weather the period of difficulties. Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK bank) offers security on working capital loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, which allows the entrepreneurs to finance their current operations, for example, when the contractor is late with payments, and further orders require outlays. In the region, the entrepreneurs can also count on the support offered by the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Loan Fund through which micro and small businesses can have access to funding, training, coaching, business assisting infrastructure, science and business cooperation. On the other hand, the Toruń Credit Guarantee Fund’s offer is addressed to the SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and public benefit organizations providing guarantees of lease transactions, credits and loans, as well as investment loans and loan capital.
- To reduce the unemployment rate of young people it is essential to introduce, e.g., work placements, organizing competitions, awards and scholarships as well as special programs for graduates – said Monika Gładoch Esq. On the other hand, the popularization of telework is a proposal of response to the problem of high unemployment among women.
The event was organized by the Municipal Council and the Chamber of Commerce in Toruń, and held by the honorary patronage of the Employers of Poland. Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy was the guest star of the event.