Title Equal employment opportunities:Mentoring and training for disabled people and employers
Project Number BG/01/B/F/PP-132126
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text The project Equal Employment Opportunities: Training And Mentoring for Disabled People And Employers (BG/01/B/F/PP-132126) is carried out with the...
The project Equal Employment Opportunities: Training And Mentoring for Disabled People And Employers (BG/01/B/F/PP-132126) is carried out with the support of the European Community within the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme -vocational training action programme.
The project has been promoted by Marie Curie Association and will be jointly developed by Centre for Research and Policy in Disability , Coventry University (UK) University of Plovdiv (BG), RDA Plovdiv (BG), University of Aegean (GR), Trade Association of Rhodes (GR), Business in the Community (UK) and Mouzer Associates (UK).It is a 2 year project starting in December 2001.The project addresses the following target groups: disabled students and graduates, employers and employers organizations, intermediaries an policy makers.
The project will set up a \\\'mentoring’ system, linking disabled people who are studying at university/college or in vocational training (the mentees) to non-disabled people who are working for relevant employers (the mentors). The mentors will provide training, advice and work-placement opportunities in their companies. The focus will be on adult disabled people choosing to work in the service sector, particularly in areas which bring them into contact with the public. These are fields where disabled people have often been excluded and will enable them to present and highlight their abilities and skills so that employers will be aware both what they are able to do and what they are not. This embodies the main themes of the ‘Compendium of Good Practice in Employment of People with Disabilities’ (DGV 1999).
Another important aspect of the project is to pilot training for employers, so that they are better informed about disability issues and, therefore, better able to help disabled people build a bridge to work. We will establish a network of employers in order that they can share their experience of employing disabled people and identify the transferable principles of such networks (also prioritised in the ‘Compendium of Good Practice’ as an area where experience should be shared).
Training materials for both mentors and mentees will be produced. These will be on-line and will also be available in the form of paper-based manuals, allowing for the fact that not all of the target group will necessarily have Internet access or adaptive technology, particularly in Bulgaria, but also in Greece and even in the UK.
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