Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT

NGO federation training and placing young adults with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Mauritius is a federation of 13 NGOs promoting the social and professional inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in Mauritius. Through its supported employment and training programme, and supported by companies, it ensures the successful hiring of candidates and an almost 100 per cent retention rate. Between 2018 and 2020, Inclusion Mauritius trained 162 young adults with intellectual disabilities, of whom almost 50 have found employment in the open labour market.

“Following the training, I now work as a full-time sales assistant and help my parents financially.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Supported Employment and Technical Training for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Organisation:Inclusion Mauritius
of Implementation
Start Year2015
Sub-CategoryA project of Civil Society


  • The programme has made 43 work placements from 2018 to 2020
  • Employees have a 96 per cent retention rate
  • Inclusion Mauritius works in collaboration with 24 employers


There are few training and employment opportunities for young people with intellectual disabilities in Mauritius.


Inclusion Mauritius takes a dual approach to ensuring young people with intellectual disabilities obtain and retain employment. It offers training in life, employability, and technical skills using training materials in easy language and with pictograms. Modules include punctuality, teamwork, job applications, and employee rights. There is also hands-on work experience in such trades as hospitality and tourism.

In parallel, the federation works with potential employers to build their understanding of inclusive employment, seeks their input on training content, and guides them in hiring and retention practices. As of 2020, 24 employers across Mauritius collaborate on the programme.
Alongside vocational training, Inclusion Mauritius also offers young people self-advocacy training and consults them on all aspects of the programme. Since 2018, Inclusion Mauritius has trained 162 young adults with intellectual disabilities, 43 of whom have secured work. The programme has a 96 per cent retention rate among this group, all of whom are receiving at least minimum wage.

A young man stands behind a food display case. He is wearing gloves and a hairnet and spooning filling onto a flatbread.

A young man employed through Inclusion Mauritius is engaged in the food service industry.


The programme is funded by the National Social Inclusion Foundation and a private sector company, at a cost of US$46,236 in 2019–2020.

Inclusion Mauritius works with employers nationally and has also trained NGOs on the autonomous island of Rodrigues on good practices. It is also a member of Inclusion International, a global network of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and has shared its model through their channels.

In addition to continuing to facilitate employment, Inclusion Mauritius plans to support young people to become entrepreneurs through a training and coaching programme.


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