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Developing work and employment opportunities
The "Socially Minded and Responsible Trading" (SMaRT) business model enables First Step Trust (FST) to develop work and employment opportunities for people with mental health conditions and other disabilities. In 2012 FST had three garages and two restaurants creating independent, sustainable income streams.
First Step Trust, Developing work and employment opportunities, United Kingdom
DPO federation running a business sector-encouragement programme
COCEMFE encourages and supports companies to include people with disabilities among their relevant stakeholders as suppliers, customers, and competent professionals, and therefore to go beyond inclusive recruitment and CSR. Since 2018, 161 such agreements have been signed with companies.
COCEMFE - Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities, Making businesses Inclusive, Spain
Solving social issues to increase job opportunities
In 2016, IKEA in Russia launched a joint project with the Abilympics movement to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. By 2020 the employment of people with disabilities in IKEA Russia has increased by 55 per cent, and new business partners have joined the Abilympics.
Ingka Group (IKEA), Abilympics Project, Russia
National state-run training and job-placement programme for people with disabilities
The Format for Work, Disability Line programme offers people with disabilities theoretical and practical vocational training and then placement in dependent employment. The programme was launched in 2014. Between 2015 and by 2020 there were a total of 9,929 users, of whom 7,995 completed their training.
SCENE Chile - National Training and Employment Service, Training for Work, Chile
Felting and knitting skills as the key to self-employment
EPSA produces and sells a variety of felting and knitting products made by young women with disabilities. Participants in their vocational training are provided with meals and accommodations. Since 2009, almost 400 young women have benefited from being trained and equipped to work on a self-employment base.
EPSA - Entire Power in Social Action, Employment programme for young women with physical disabilities., Nepal
Finding employment by profound training
Trainings include theoretical modules and a period of job sampling in the open labour market. The course material was written for and in collaboration with intellectually disabled people. There are no formal assessments, as many of the young adults are illiterate. Approximately 35 adults are trained each year.
Living Link, South Africa
Moving inactive people with disabilities from social services to employment
A multidisciplinary team provides training, support, and internship opportunities to inactive youth with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities. Between 2017 and 2019, One-on-one has been working with 228 employers and supporting 2,054 people with disabilities to transition to employment.
ONCE Foundation, One-on-one, Spain
Employment of the hearing impaired
Sabooj is a French communications agency. In 2012 it was the only one of 500 so called "Entreprises Adaptées" (EA), with special facilities for providing employment for disabled. More than 80% of Sabooj's workers have disabilities. , i.e. hearing impairment. Sabojee has 70 clients of whom 75% are big companies.
Sabooj, Employment of the hearing impaired, France
Training people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for ICT jobs
TAP was designed for people with mental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. It includes technological education, training of soft skills, and the placement of people as qualified IT specialists. Since its launch in 2011, TAP has trained more than 150 adults, 74 per cent of whom were successfully placed.
itworks, Technology Accessibility Program (TAP), Israel
Person-centred transition programme for students to post-school life
The transition programme for students aged 18 to 25 includes vocational certificates and career-readiness credentials. A complementary person-centred support service offers mentoring and tutoring, career counselling, and self-advocacy training. VAST also offers employment and internship placement assistance.
Houston Community College, VAST Academy, United States of America