Innovative Practices 2016 on Education and ICT

Jobs in kindergartens and elder care for persons with intellectual disabilities

The project organizes long-term traineeships for adults with intellectual disabilities in such areas as kindergarten supervision and elder care so these individuals can access the open labour market (with support).

“Having a job is important to get into contact with people without disabilities. Otherwise, your world view becomes too narrow.”

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About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:LetsCo!
Organisation:Konekt vzw
Country
of Implementation
Belgium

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Number of trainees in 2014–2015: 96
  • Number of toddlers and elderly people reached by the trainees in 2014–2015: 288
  • Number of regular workplaces staffed by trainees in 2014–2015: 96

Let's Co! Jobs in Kindergardens

PROBLEMS TARGETED

In Flanders, adults with a severe intellectual disability are excluded from paid employment. They receive a stipend from the government that is not comparable to a regular salary. Since many persons with intellectual disabilities do not succeed in finding employment in the open labour market, they spend their time in daycare facilities or stay at home. By offering them longterm traineeships, they can work as a supported employee. During this time  they do not receive a salary, but they learn a skill that can then be applied in the labour market.

SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY

In Flanders, adults with a severe intellectual disability are excluded from paid employment. They receive a stipend from the government that is not comparable to a regular salary. Since many persons with intellectual disabilities do not succeed in finding employment in the open labour market, they spend their time in daycare facilities or stay at home. By offering them longterm traineeships, they can work as a supported employee. During this time  they do not receive a salary, but they learn a skill that can then be applied in the labour market.

OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY

Since the launch of this project, there has been a growing number of requests for training programmes in business contexts as well. To meet this demand, a new project for adults who want to work in companies as assistant logistics workers will be started, thus broadening the work field. The first training is scheduled for January 2016. Another aim of the project is to gain formal recognition from the various governmental departments with which the project is currently cooperating. Yet another goal is to develop a model of the project that can be transferred abroad.

CONTACT

Mr. Koen DEWEER
Konekt vzw
Belgium
+32 9 261 57 50
Koen.deweer@konekt.be
www.konekt.be

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