Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment and Vocational Education & Training
Model promoting decent work for persons with all kinds of disabilities
|Responsible body||Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP), since July 2016: Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion|
Based on a capability approach, Peru’s “I Am Capable Model” is a nationwide pilot model that promotes skills training and labour intermediation for persons with disabilities in order to enhance their employment opportunities in the open labour market both in the private and public sector. To date, the model has facilitated the hiring of 3,015 persons with disabilities. As of July 2016 it has been placed under the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion, and is now planned to become a national programme.
In Peru there are few equal opportunities to access the labour market, especially for persons with disabilities, who tend to suffer from discrimination and often have limited qualifications. To strengthen their labour inclusion, the “I Am Capable Model” was developed through the Department of Promotion and Social Development of the National Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS), which is part of the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations. Importantly, it was initiated in strategic collaboration with the business sector under Peru’s Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities Plan (2009–2018). In 2012 it was launched with the goal to employ 1,000 people with disabilities in both the private and public sector, and CONADIS adopted the programme by means of Presidential Resolution No. 107.
«It makes me happy that, through my work, I am able to support my family.»
Peru’s “I am Capable Model” is composed of three steps: first, coordination with persons with disabilities (selection and training of beneficiaries); second, coordination with companies and public institutions (advice, studies of the workplaces, etc.); and third, the monitoring and accompaniment of the new workers, including a follow-up process. Training on entrepreneurship, technical production careers, and other employment areas, is provided by educational institutions, NGOs, and state programmes. An awareness campaign informs employers about the model’s benefits and usefulness. Inclusive companies are then recognized by the government by identifying them at an annual ceremony in Lima as having good employment practices.