Title UEmploy: Consultancy for Employment Inclusion
Project Number 510784-LLP-1-2010-1-RO-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text UEmploy develops training materials /processes for enabling businesses to hire people with special needs. By doing so it builds capacity within the economic sector able to operate with employees- otherwise with a high risk of exclusion in the work market- without a diminished profitability rate/quality standards/increased risk factor. The training kits/the auditing process/self analysis tools for companies favor EO policy/social cohesion/personal fulfilment.
Although in Europe employment inclusion is an important objective there is no common standardised scheme. The two-year project UEmploy (7 partners from BG, HU, FI, IE and RO) addresses the gap.
The focus is modern rehabilitation, a range of services and processes designed to enable all disabled people to live their lives as fully as possible. For organizations, SMEs and professionals the project provides an opportunity to introduce/train innovative employment inclusion and rehabilitation approaches for people with disabilities. The project develops methods/professional supports in EN and partners' languages to help SMEs employ people with disabilities/e-learning modules for SMEs to motivate them hire SN. The project develops a European model of best practices.
The aim of the project is to promote disabled people’s efficient employment by:
helping SMEs to avoid risk factors when employing disabled people by working out a structured consultancy process;
selecting and training at least 5 consultants in each participating country to provide services for SMEs;
establishing a rehabilitation consultant network in each participating country.
Its main objectives:
To support consultants in training activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide services to companies and disabled people
To support improvements in quality and innovation in consultancy processes and practices related to employment inclusion
To provide a range of employment supports for people with disabilities and employers
To develop and improve the quality of a support system which will ensure that disability is regarded as an integral element in both employment policy and community development strategies.
To improve the quality and to increase the volume of co-operation between institutions or organisations providing consultancy on employment inclusion, throughout Europe
To encourage companies employ people with disabilities.
To improve employers’ awareness and attitudes toward people with disabilities and motivate them to recruit disabled employees.
Most efforts have concentrated on poverty/education/health in relation to disabled people
and less on employment. Employing disabled people is a huge but risky opportunity for
companies. Our findings have underlined the need for standardized rehabilitation support.
The project aims at filling the existing gap which is due to: lack of standardisation in rehabilitation support/lack of qualified staff:scheme managers to manage the consultancy process and consultants to meet the disabled people’s needs/lack of proper materials to train the staff/lack of methodology and evaluation tools. The project addresses the gap and facilitates proper employment inclusion for the disabled.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
material for open learning
program or curricula
Description of outputs: current practices regarding disabled people’s employment in partners' countries; scheme manager’s/consultant’s handbooks/materials;training 5 scheme managers to train 5 consultants/country;practical audit tools and scheme for consultants; a website with news/information in the participating countries’languages;one audit/consultant/country;webtools for efficient communication/documentation/training/consultation during the project.
Impact: For SMEs the project provides an opportunity to introduce/train rehabilitation approaches for disabled people; acquirement of new competences, knowledge on EU consultancy employment inclusion;an opportunity to share experiences/ideas on the topic through an international network; awareness about the project developments at local/EU level with the view to mainstreaming disability/employment issues.
For disabled the project will facilitate greater involvement in their organisations’ strategic planning;improve independence, self-confidence, accountability, flexibility and sociability;improve employment inclusion and ensure full equality in employment practices; gain positive experiences from the process; receive better services from service providers.