Title VOCA extended - Increased accessibility to vocational training and increased attachment to the labour market for disabled people through the VOCA Europe 2 Mentor model
Project Number 2009-1-TR1-LEO05-08629
Product VOCA extended Portal "www.vo-ca.net" for e-mentoring
Title VOCA extended Portal "www.vo-ca.net" for e-mentoring
Product Type website
Disabled people are almost twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people in European. Disabled persons face a much harder situation in the labor market than persons without disabilities and there is gap between the employment rate of disabled and non-disabled people. Even physically disabled person requires more income than an able-bodied person to achieve the same living standard.
To this end VOCA extended Project developed a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities: E- Mentoring provided the foundation that enabled the disabled individual to break through what are often barriers to career success despite their skill and abilities. In this direction the goal of the VOCA extended project is to facilitate one-on-one mentoring relationships between mentee and mentors.
We hope that as a result of the project a lot of disabled Europeans may enter the virtual job markets from homes...
mployment has always been a problem for disabled person. Disabled people face a lot of unusual obstacles in getting a job or building their own business. Even more they are faced with a wide spectrum of different barriers in integration to the working environment and to a new job. Under this conditions it is important that to provide disabled people with the same individual choices and control in their daily lives as non-disabled people.
Working-from-home online jobs can be the solution for disabled person’s professional and personal life. Furthermore “e-mentoring” as a home based online job may suitable to work from home. In the virtual workplace e-mentoring can be a method of helping disabled people to get a new job and improve their job competence by providing suggestions and encouragement.
The aim of VOCA extended Project is increased accessibility to home based vocational training and increased attachment to the labor market for disabled people. Specific aim is; to train mentors and consequently support (home-based) employability of disabled people by means of mentoring. Our basic approach can be summarized as follows:
* VOCA extended has established on the basis of home based e- mentoring
* VOCA extended web site will bring together mentees and mentors
* The physical disabled mentors who request to work in their homes will transfer their knowledge and experiences to the physical disabled mentees with the aid of training received from VOCA web site.
* Mentor and mentees will maintain the relationship and cooperation between each other at the next stage.
Target group There are mainly two target groups and a tertiary target group of VOCA extended project. Primary target group which is the focus of the model and also the end users of the project, is people with physical disabilities having mobility restrictions and seeking to find employment by using and developing their certain background as future mentors. Secondary target group, which is the individuals who will benefit from the training of the primary target group who are relatively less or inexperienced disabled people (mentees, future home based workers) trying to get or maintain contact with the labour market. Using the tools of training given with this VOCA extended mentor training, primary target group would support the secondary target group in reaching their professional development. Tools are all based on ICT environment. Companies, trainers, and institutions of vocational training and education are considered as the tertiary target group, as the project will develop a model, including tools and templates that can be used to qualify persons to assume the role of Mentors, and as such enable them to assist companies.
Result e-mentor e-training for e-working environment. www.vo-ca.net will also the platform where mentors and mentees meet each other and develop future business and integrated employment opportunities.
Area of application Virtual working.