Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT

Career development and job matching support for graduates with disabilities

CareER Association is a charitable organization based in Hong Kong. In 2014 the organization started to provide career development, peer support, and job matching services for students and graduates with disabilities to support a smooth transition from university to employment. It also offers training workshops and coordinates internship opportunities. In 2020 it has nearly 600 people registered in its jobseeker database, and supports approximately 60 job placements a year.

“Empowering people with disabilities by careers through peer support and corporate partnerships.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:CareER Programmes
Organisation:CareER Association
Country
of Implementation
China – Hong Kong
Start Year2014
Sub-CategoryA project of Civil Society

FACTS & FIGURES

  • CareER is the only database of jobseekers with disabilities who have graduated from higher education in Hong Kong
  • From 2014 to 2020 the programme enabled 300 successful job placements

PROBLEMS TARGETED

There are few career opportunities for graduates with disabilities that match their education and skills.

SOLUTION, INNOVATION, AND IMPACT

The CareER programme fills the gap between graduates with disabilities and the job market. It offers free peer support and career development programmes, such as job skills training workshops and career advice. In addition, the organization provides an internship programme, so graduates can gain work experience; and it offers assessments, job coaching, and counselling to those further from the job market. From 2014 to 2020, CareER has recorded approximately 60 job placements annually.

Moreover, CareER has built strong relationships with special education offices in universities to promote its services and recruit students and graduates, and holds an annual meeting bringing all these offices together to discuss and share project plans and strategies.

CareER has thirteen employees, six of whom are persons with disabilities. It is the first higher education student and alumni union for persons with disabilities in Hong Kong, and in 2020 is the only NGO in Hong Kong providing services to all ten of the disabilities recognized by the government.

There is a table on a stage with four chairs. Walter Tsui sits on the left with a hand-held microphone and a guide dog beside him. Two men and a woman are in the other chairs.

Walter Tsui of CareER moderates a panel at a Career Development Programme graduation ceremony. ©Harvey Hung @ COPYRIGHTED

FUNDING, OUTLOOK AND TRANSFERABILITY

CareER’s annual budget is €490,000. Half of its funding comes from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, a well-known association of business people, and other private charitable trusts. The remaining comes from corporate sponsorships and annual fundraising.

CareER is working with such companies as Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, AXA, and Generali as employment partners.

Looking ahead, CareER aims to develop a scholarship and alumni mentorship programme by 2023. It is also developing Hong Kong’s first disability inclusion index, which measures corporate diversity and inclusive culture.

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