Many young people with physical or mental disabilities, or sensory processing disorders, struggle to find traineeships. This is because companies are afraid of the extra work involved and presume that these young people will not perform as well as those without a disability. The campaign ‘100 additional training places for young people with disabilities in NRW’ offsets many of these potential restrictions.
Since the ‘campaign 100’ was launched in January 2007, over 1,000 young people have received the additional opportunity of a traineeship in around 850 partner companies. They successfully learn to do more than 120 different job roles – from media designer to retailer. The key factor is that their choice of occupation matches their talents and interests.
The vocational education funding organisations and rehabilitation consultants for the local employment agencies help the young people make their choices.
The participants enter into a training agreement with the local vocational training institutes and centres. These also provide the young people with a coach and coordinate the practical training in the company and the theoretical training in the vocational college. They also offer individual tutoring and supplementary lessons.
“We regularly visit the partner companies to check how learning is progressing”, explains Dieter Michel, social education specialist at Düren vocational training centre (BFW Düren) in Rhineland.
The aim is to integrate the young people into the mainstream labour market at the end of the two to three-and-a-half years of training. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the NRW Ministry of Labour, Integration and Social Affairs.
|Project name:||100 additional training places for young people with disabilities|
|Area of activity:||
Opening pathways to work,
Creating chances for youth
|Project duration:||Since September 2006|
|ESF contribution:||EUR 2.3 million per year|
|Total budget:||EUR 4.8 million per year|
|Participants:||Up to 150 per year|
|Organisation:||Ministry of Labour, Integration and Social Affairs of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.|
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