Innovative Practice 2017 on Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training

Large-scale, all-encompassing training and transition programme

Founded in 1996, Bridge of Hope is a non-profit organization located in Armenia that is dedicated to the protection of the rights of children and youth with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

“Working places are not always suited to the needs of people with disabilities, but my employer has made the necessary adjustment, and currently I work at a TV company and am very happy there.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Large-scale, all-encompassing training and transition programme
Organisation:Bridge of Hope – Programme “Right to Earn a Living”
of Implementation


    • Jobs created in 2014: 11
    • Jobs created in 2015: 21
    • Jobs created in 2016: 25
    • Beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016:120


In Armenia, there is still a segregated approach to the education of youth with disabilities. This lack of equal access to education and employment, together with attitudinal barriers and the prejudice of employers towards the ability and working skills of people with disabilities, pose great obstacles for this group of young people.


The Right to Earn a Living programme aims to increase the economic and social inclusion of youth with disabilities through enhanced livelihood opportunities. To achieve this goal, several activities have been conducted, including:
  • Organizing large-scale advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns on the rights to vocational education and employment by youth with disabilities.
  • Establishment of Platforms for Civic Synergy, whereby sound institutional mechanisms for employment have been established to support people with disabilities, as well as to promote cooperation and the sharing of information among various stakeholders.
  • Collaborations with employment agencies, NGOs, and micro-finance institutions in order to provide assistance and training, such as skills assessment, job coaching, job matching, and assistance in financial matters.
  • Providing vocational education to 120 youth with disabilities that is relevant to the local labour market through newly established inclusive courses at eight vocational training centres.
  • Developing educational materials and curricula and adapting them to comply with the specific needs of youth with disabilities.
Typical jobs for these young people include hairdressing and beauty salons, sewing factories, food
processing, and transportation.


The project’s operational cost amounts to €321,873 for the first three years. In addition to Bridge of Hope, funding has come from Civil Society in Development Denmark (a civil society organization) and Mission East Armenia (an international relief and developmental organization). Bridge of Hope is working on getting the project model approved and adopted by government authorities, which would make it possible to replicate this model and expand it across the country.



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