Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment and Vocational Education & Training
A national cooperation to push employment in ICT
|Responsible body||Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), with the Misr El Kheir Foundation (MEK) and the Chamber of communications and Information Technology (CIT)|
Egypt’s Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities programme equips people with visual, hearing, speech, and physical disabilities with the skills required for work in the ICT sector, and places them in ICT companies where they are employed under conditions equal to non-disabled employees.
To address the lack of capacity-building, poor employment opportunities, and unequal payment of employees with disabilities, in 2012 the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched a comprehensive strategy for the use of ICT to empower persons with disabilities. In 2013, MCIT – with the Misr El Kheir Foundation (MEK) and the Chamber of communications and Information Technology (CIT) – developed the Employment Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities programme as a public-private partnership. It took seven months to develop the training for employment grant and the equal opportunity policy before ICT companies started to employ people with disabilities, beginning in late 2013.
«MCIT’s equal opportunity policy supports the development of an inclusive society by combating the discrimination that persons with disabilities face.»
Egypt’s Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities programme – overseen by MCIT; co-funded by MEK; and carried out with CIT, the disabled persons organization Daesn, and others – is focusing on skills development and on the placement of disabled persons in ICT companies. First, suitable candidates with disabilities are identified. Second, candidates are trained – including by trainers with disabilities – for 4–5 months on data entry, telemarketing, and administrative work at ICT training centres. MCIT then approaches potential employers. Jobs must pay the same wage as that of a non-disabled employee or the position is not accepted. In the first year MEK supports salaries in a descending manner: 100 per cent for the first six months, 50 per cent for the next three months, and 25 per cent for the final three months. From the second year onward the company pays the full salary. MCIT also provides companies with assistive technologies. For three months employees with disabilities are provided with group support, including persons with disabilities. MCIT regularly reports to the Cabinet of Ministers.