Meet Omar: In job training through the municipality

"Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just at home in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV."

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 Omar comes to Trampoline House as part of his integration program with Roskilde municipality. Photo: Kajsa Böttcher Messell

Omar comes to Trampoline House as part of his integration program with Roskilde municipality. Photo: Kajsa Böttcher Messell

By Maya Wettergren Andreasen, Communications Intern & Kajsa Böttcher Messell, Communications Coordinator

Omar started coming in Trampoline House in March as part of Next Practice, which has led to a collaboration between Roskilde municipality and Trampoline House. Omar is living in Roskilde, but he comes to Trampoline House to improve his options on the Danish job market.

"Maybe Trampoline House can help me find a job, because it's a Danish NGO with a lot of contacts – it doesn't have to be Trampoline House, maybe I can find something myself after a while when I've gotten to know people. Then they might be able to help me find a job, no matter what kind. I would love to get a job," says Omar, who has already had one job interview.

But it's not only job training and language skills that motivate Omar to spend so much of his time in Trampoline House. He says that it has been a big help socially, as well.

"The best thing about coming here, for me, is that I don't have a lot of contacts where I'm living. Before I started coming here, I was very lonely. I want to get to know people. Before I started coming to Trampoline House, I was just in Roskilde. Sometimes I went shopping for maybe half an hour, and then I returned home to watch TV."

 Omar's job training in Trampoline House consists of kitchen work, Danish class and other activities. Photo: Kajsa Böttcher Messell

Omar's job training in Trampoline House consists of kitchen work, Danish class and other activities. Photo: Kajsa Böttcher Messell

To Omar, who otherwise lives alone, it can be difficult to establish a network in a new country, but it has been a great help for him to get his job training in Trampoline House, where he takes on different tasks: "I chose kitchen work and Danish class, but I also like the other activities, so sometimes I also participate in other things that aren't my field. Being here has given me an opportunity to learn how I can meet people and be social. It's a new country, and everything is new to me, so there's a lot to learn."

Next Practice is Trampoline House's new employment project, which through collaborations between Trampoline House, municipalities and businesses will make it easier for refugees with asylum in Denmark to get access to the Danish job market. The project is supped by TrygFonden and Tuborgfondet.


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