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WHO AND WHAT ARE SOLIDARITY OCCUPATIONAL GUILDS? Solidarity Guilds aim to make a real difference in the professional community by connecting people within a particular profession and making them part of a community. We give every employee the opportunity to become collectively involved in the preservation, expansion and sustainability of their particular occupation. Common values give every guild member something to believe in, as well as a platform for ploughing back and sharing knowledge through networking opportunities, job creation or mentorship.

Traditionally, people belonging to guilds were proud people who guarded their work jealously. Everyone in the guild pursued excellence and wanted to become masters of their trades. The Solidarity Occupational Guild is also a refuge for professional people, and in uncertain economic and political times it provides a haven within their career field.

Guildmembers are members of Solidarity, which gives them access to additional benefits unique to the specific occupational guild for that particular profession.

Stand together, as a collective group, against issues that impact on occupational safety and the industry.

Share your knowledge and skills by registering as a mentor, or by participating in personal development programmes made available by the guild.

Guild members are proud to be part of the occupational community, and they are ambitious and want to develop themselves. Guild members have high ethical values, are hardworking and loyal to their profession.

Your guild webpage and newsletter contains interesting articles and research to keep you abreast of news in your profession.

Where applicable, get CPD points by attending seminars and training programmes at S-Leer, or continue your studies at Sol-Tech or Akademia. E-learning modules are available online.

Improve your knowledge and skills by attending training and development programmes. Partake in discussions that influence the industry.

Get involved and give your support in finding solutions for industry-specific problems. Innovation and unique ideas are encouraged.

Network with other individuals in your career field, support each other or be a mentor for young people who want to enter the profession. Learn from other experts in your profession.

The guild is an occupational community where we support and help each other. Get assistance, advice and support from people who understand the challenges you are faced with.

Make a difference in the life of a young person who wants to enter the profession by supporting one of Solidarity's study funds, or take a young person under your wing by providing training and holiday jobs.