The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (art. 27) recognizes that all people with disabilities must have the opportunity to work in a freely chosen occupation in an inclusive, accessible work environment where they can implement and develop their qualifications and skills, as well as their creative and productive potential, and earn a decent living. In this context, Keystone Moldova and the “Close to you” Romania Foundation have implemented a project that aims to facilitate access to the labor market for young people with disabilities, by developing specific skills and knowledge of career counseling for people with disabilities.
Recently, within the project, the Training Curricula and Handbook, “Mediating the access to the labor market of people with disabilities,” was developed. The materials are intended for specialists responsible for providing vocational assistance to people with disabilities, and for providers of career guidance services. According to this type of mediation, employees and employers are assisted by a third person – a specialist in labor mediation.
The specialist in mediating access to the labor market for people with disabilities will analyze and propose measures to help people with disabilities looking for a job; will identify a compatible job for each person; and will provide support in some activities at the workplace for the employee with disabilities.
The proposed curriculum includes: conceptual aspects of mediating access to the labor market for people with disabilities; policies in the area; methodological aspects regarding the mediation of access to the labor market for people with disabilities; communication with people with disabilities in the process of mediating their access to the labor market; ensuring accessibility in the labor mediation process; labor market employment options for people with disabilities.
The Training Curricula and Handbook presents a model of good practice in the field of mediating access to the labor market for people with disabilities in Romania – the social enterprise JobDirect, within “Close to You” Romania Foundation. JobDirect represents the agency for placement and assistance at work for people with disabilities.
The activity took place within the Project “Cross-border partnership for inclusive career guidance” (2SOFT / 1.1 / 145), implemented by Keystone Moldova in partnership with “Close to You” Romania Foundation, financed by European Union through the Joint Operational Program Romania–Republic of Moldova 2014-2020, through the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI).
For more information about the Project, please see: https://www.keystonemoldova.md/en/projects/cross-border-parternship-inclusive-career-guidance/