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Roscongress Foundation Develops Inclusive Employment Projects

13 December 2022
Фонд Росконгресс развивает проекты в сфере инклюзивного трудоустройства

The Roscongress Foundation has signed cooperation agreements with three major Belarusian non-profits for the disabled: BelOI (Belarusian Society of the Disabled), RAIC (Republican Association of Wheelchair Persons) and the public association Gid Pa Zhytsi (Belarusian Association for Assistance to Disabled Children and Young Persons, hereinafter – BelAPDIiM).

The organizations agreed on social cooperation in the field of inclusive and supported employment in the Republic of Belarus: assistance in providing additional opportunities for citizens with disabilities, sharing cultural traditions, assisting employers with compliance issues, building a talent pool, and employing candidates with disabilities for jobs that do not require special education.

The Roscongress Foundation and three organizations lobbying for the rights and interests of people with disabilities jointly launched an inclusive social project of the RC Skills Foundation in the Republic of Belarus. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, to create conditions for practical and psychological adaptation of able-bodied citizens with disabilities for further employment in vacancies with comfortable conditions and decent wages. The partner of the project is the Interregional Contact Centre.

From May to October 2022, 35 Belarusian citizens with disabilities took part in the project. They received distance training in the areas of corporate culture and ethics, the basic use of office software, and financial literacy; some of the project participants received internships at the Roscongress Foundation and the Interregional Contact Centre and, as a result, were offered employment.

There are plans to develop cooperation between the Foundation and Belarusian organizations lobbying for the rights and interests of people with disabilities, to further promote the RC Skills project, to form new groups and develop new training areas, and to hold inter-state thematic job fairs, cultural events and competitions at the level of the Union State, to create an employer counselling centre to develop socially responsible entrepreneurship and increase employment of people with disabilities.