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“People with Disabilities, the Promising Workforce” 2011

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 the HDP Charitable Foundation (Human Dignity and Peace) continued “People with Disabilities in Armenia, the Promising Workforce” project financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MATRA PP). The project is aimed at labor market integration of PWD’s through raising their employability.

In February a Cooperation Paper was signed between project partners, stating obligations and rights of all partners. The aim was to strengthen close cooperation between partners, namely Human Dignity and Peace Foundation, RA Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, RA Ministry of Education and Science, Yerevan Municipality and Republican Union of Employers of Armenia.

study tour to the Netherlands. In May 9-13 study tour to the Netherlands was organized to study the Dutch experience of PWD’s integration into the labor market, benefits defined by government, policy and programs.

With participation of Dutch experts round tables with PWD’s and employers were organized. These activities were to raise awareness about the project among its partners and beneficiaries. Respectively 120 PWD’s and 120 employers participate? in program and got aware of the program.

Under awareness raising activity brochures for PWD’s, employers (500 copies), Success Stories booklet about successfully job-placed and socially integrated disabled individuals with the help of employment centers (350 copies) were published and distributed in different events, namely in 3 job fairs in Yerevan and Hrazdan organized by USAID and State Employment Service Agency/SESA (May, July and October), World Association of Public Employment Services/WAPES conference on employment promotion of vulnerable groups in labor market in September 5-6 organized by GIZ/German International Cooperation Company and SESA, and “Second National Conference on Social Partnership” organized by Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA) and International Labor Organization in October 11-12 and others.

In October the project manager Ruzanna Ter Gharazyan, the director of Activa international Ivo Van Dongen, and SESA representative Tsoghik Bezhanyan were invited to TV program “Social dialogue hour” to introduce the project and its goal.

Another task of the project was to update the electronic database in Gorts informational system. The component was focused on studies of Gorts and other databases in Armenia starting from 2010. The already existing data of PWD’s was developed and completed with data on testing and assessment of PWD’s working abilities with specified individual development plan. Training for all 51 Employment Centers in Armenia on changes/updates in Gorts existing database was organized; particularly they were trained on how to register PWD’s in updated Gorts database.

Training for new structure working with People with Disabilities The next project task was to create a well functioning sustainable structure that would help the employment specialists in their everyday work with PWD’s. The structure includes testing, training and matching by qualified experts with the use of relevant equipment - 2 MAST tests. The experts are EC specialists among whom 4 are trained and certified as testers, 4 - as job coaches, 2 – as matchers and 6 - as trainers

In October the project manager Ruzanna Ter Gharazyan, the director of Activa international Ivo Van Dongen, and SESA representative Tsoghik Bezhanyan were invited to TV program “Social dialogue hour” to introduce the project and its goal.

And under the accessibility activity the following was implemented;

  • adjustments at Erebuni Nubarashen employment center,
  • Hrazdan Vocational School,
  • particularly building of platforms and adjustment of water-closets,
  • trainings for EC staff and 10 Yerevan EC managers conducted by Adabt-Ability Dutch organization on work analysis and work adjustments at employers’,
  • site visits to employers with Dutch expert for providing suggestions on how to do work adjustments, and
  • adjustment of two work places in Erebuni Nubarashen.
  • In the frames of the project vocational trainings of 13 PWD's on professions 'cook' and ‘handicraft’ were co-financed with SESA in Erebuni Nubarashen and Hrazdan. Upon completion of trainings the participants received certificates and necessary equipment.

    Under “disseminated project outcomes” the following activities were implemented; creation of web portal April 2012, spreading information and news through the web page and mass media, participation and project presentation in conferences, meetings organized by local partners, and organization of first dissemination seminar on project on December 8, 2011.



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