1,159 new jobs in social economy sector

25th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

In contrast with many other sectors, the social economy sector is faring well.

This year 1,156 new jobs will be created in the social economy sector. This was announced by Minister of Social Economy Kathleen Van Brempt (Socialist) during a visit to a shop specialising in recycled goods. The shop Televil in Vilvoorde (Antwerp) is one of four shops specialising in recycled goods where a pilot project has been started to organise the rental of toys.

"In times of economic recession, it is important to keep investing in new jobs," says Minister Van Brempt. "This year 1,156 new jobs will created in the social economy sector: 936 jobs for people from underprivileged groups and 220 for supervisors."

Social economy refers to a third sector in economies somewhere between the private/business sector and the public/government sector.

The sector provides close to 26,000 full-time jobs: at least 23,000 for people from underprivileged groups and the rest for supervisory positions.

In contrast with many of the other sectors, the social economy sector is faring well. New jobs have been created, including in these shops taking part in the pilot toy rental scheme in Vilvoorde, Leuven, Ghent and Antwerp.

The shops will rent toys to professional clients, such as after-school play groups or nursery schools and crèches.

The aim is to collect toys from families and possibly toy manufacturers. The toys are repaired and thoroughly cleaned.

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