The happiness of Rafa, a worker with an indefinite contract, thanks to Down Galicia

The happiness of Rafa, a worker with an indefinite contract, thanks to Down Galicia
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Raphael Cabezas Montero, “Rafa”, it has always beena happy man,of those that radiate light and affection in their wake through the streets of Ourense, a city where he is well known. Now, in addition, it is a jobfull rwith permanent contract at the Seur branch.

He works as a warehouse boy in the company’s non-tapeable merchandise reception section, and in the classification of the different docks. His colleagues assure that “He is one more and he comes with us to all the dinners. He is always aware of what he has to do and he is proud of what he does.”

Having a job has made him doubly happy and secure, because every day he proves himself and others what he is worth. “For him to be part of his company goes beyond the merely work-related, since The feeling of belonging to that firm gives great personal and social satisfaction,” they explain from Down Galicia.

It is precisely this association, with a delegation in the city, like Down Ourense, which has ensured that in 2023, a group of 205 people with Dwon syndrome and other intellectual disabilities will have an opportunity in the labor market. It has been the best figure, he says, since they implemented this insertion initiative more than 20 years ago.

Of those 205 men and women who have had a job opportunity, 26 have achieved it in Ourense. The other success Another addition that Down Galicia highlights is that the employability of 77.4% of the people who were in that job bank has been achieved and that there were 265 users. “It was an all-time high, and we demonstrate the importance that people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities attach to having a job,” the association indicates.

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Regarding the distribution by locality, it is observed that there were 70 people who worked in 2023 in the Vigo area, 36 in A Coruña, the aforementioned 26 jobs in Ourense as well as 22 in Pontevedra, 21 in the Compostela area, 20 in Lugo and 10 in the Ferrolterra region.

These 205 people had a total of 240 employment contractsthrough which workers were able to gain experience in very varied positions.

These young people worked as library assistants, preparing online orders, customer service, sports salesperson, logistics operator, security guard, electrician, event hostess, and fuel dispenser. Also a reception assistant, masseuse, kitchen staff, administrative assistant, telephone operator, orderly, cleaning or cafeteria staff, among many others. 75% of the contracts were made indefinite, and there were 24 extensions, which demonstrates his ability.

2023 was also a good year in terms of access to public employment, since Three people linked to Down Ourense reached positions as kitchen helpers at the Ourense Hospital Complex.

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