The overall aim of the proAbility project is to increase the employment opportunities of people with disabilities (PWD) in the open labour market through the transfer and adaptation of best practices. This is meant to be achieved through awareness raising about the employment of PWD among present and future company leaders, NGOs, public agencies, researchers, experts, stakeholders and policy makers, as well as the incorporation of diversity policy training into higher education curricula.
The project runs from April 2015 – December 2016 within the framework of EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Scholarship Programme (HU08) Inter-institutional Cooperation Projects between Higher Education Institutions.
The main objective was to develop teaching/training materials (TTMs) for both higher education programmes and company trainings through the adaptation of Norwegian and Hungarian best practices, based on thorough research and needs assessment.
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A mapping exercise for the development of the TTMs was based on thorough understanding of the recent labour market situation of PWD in Hungary. The completion and the publication of a study of this scope was of utmost importance as no similar survey has been carried out recently that reflects the significant changes that have nonetheless taken place in the circumstances of PWD.
Beyond the study on the state of the art of the respective situation in Hungary, best practices have been collected, assessed and presented in a handbook that discusses the most inspiring approaches in Norway and in Hungary as well.
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Our teaching and training materials address the following issues:
- how to assess the opportunities of a diverse workforce (CSR),
- how to hire, manage and retain employees with disabilities;
- how to support the necessary organizational development activities.
The project provides teachers and trainers with a methodological and instructional manual that includes recommendations for teaching methods and activities that promote successful knowledge transfer.
The TTM has been developed in 3 different sizes so that it could be used in different settings:
- TTM ‘L’: A 3 ECTS higher education curriculum for BA and MA students of business and state administration faculties.
- TTM ‘M’: A training material for a multi-session workshop targeting company leaders and decision makers in state administration, HR personnel etc.
- TTM ‘S’: A single-session workshop with the same aim as TTM ‘M’ with special focus on the role of top-level management.
All three TTMs have been tested in full-length pilot trainings, and have been reviewed by external experts in order to ensure the highest quality.
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Members of the partnership have been selected so that they represent various types of expertise required to tackle the complex problems PWD face upon attempting to enter the labour market.
- The consortium is headed by a higher education institution, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB). The university’s staff has significant experience in curriculum development and providing the type of
training programmes through which the project aims to reach its primary target. CUB’s endeavour is
supported by two Hungarian partner institutions:
- one of the most prominent NGOs in the field, Salva Vita Foundation (SVF) representing the needs of disabled people,
- a governmental institution, Türr István Training and Research Institute (TKKI) and its legal successor Hungarian Directorate-General for Social Affairs and Child Protection, with experience in the field of research, adult training and employment promotion as well as with access to a countrywide network of the primary and secondary target group (private and public organisations,
- The Norwegian partner, NHO Service, has been actively involved in bridging the gap between employers and PWD, as well as developing various HE curricula and training contents in the field of vocational rehabilitation.