Title Raising awareness and corporate employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Turkey
Project Number 2011-1-TR-LEO05-27961
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Disability is often connected to unemployment and social exclusion. Prejudice and discrimination are the main reasons of low employment rates for people with disabilities in most EU countries. Also in line with EU conventions & strategies the society has the responsibility to create opportunities for them. One way to do so is through Supported Employment which offers a suitable model to avoid segregation of persons with disabilities and is much more inclusive than sheltered workplaces.
Summary Raising Awareness & Corporate Employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Turkey project brought together partners from 5 different countries in the endeavor to enable persons with disabilities to enter the open labor market and thus to gain more independence and confidence. The project implementation dates are from November 2011 till October 2013.
People with disabilities are one of the groups that are distant from the labour market, seven times more likely than non-disabled facing unemployment and social exclusion. Their employment rate is very low in most European countries, even when faced with labour shortages. The reasons are discrimination, negative attitude and stereotypes. Project focus is on all the opportunities that are in reality available to them.
There are several conventions, action plans, strategies and regulations within the EU and UN that emphasize the need to improve the access of PWD to the labour market. On the other hand, The situation is not very good in none of the participating countries.
Supported employment is a suitable approach to avoid the segregation of the PWD (vs. e.g. sheltered workplaces), increase their inclusion and participation in society. It supports other policies, related to human rights. The main principle is supporting PWD to obtain and retain a paid job in the open labour market. The logic is Place-Train-Maintain. The key principle is‚ not more support than needed and not less than is necessary.
Despite the benefits of supported employment, few PWD in Europe actually have inclusive employment - the main need is to promote and increase it.
The project target groups are: Vocational education & training (VET) trainers; counselors; managers, line managers; and policy makers. The aim is to engage and guide the participants in the efforts for creating and facilitating learning and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Specific goals of the project
I. Transfer of knowledge and European good practices (methods and approaches, training materials, guidelines)
II. Raising corporate, public as well as political awareness on benefits of integrating PWD into corporate workforce through dissemination
III. Enabling managers and key staff in companies, VET trainers and counsellors to implement this goal through training in pilot workshops and providing disability stakeholders and VET providers with the needed training materials
IV. Supporting Turkish policy making through provision of key materials, insights and expertise
V. Achieving sustainability
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
audio or video cassettes
program or curricula
Guidelines, policy recommendation catalogues
Dissemination materials; website, video and others