Within the project “Job Fit: Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities,” the Youth with Disabilities Forum (YFI), in collaboration with partners, has implemented numerous activities aimed at empowering persons with disabilities for the labor market, including training for guidance counselors and educating the business sector.  

The training for guidance counselors for persons with disabilities was conducted through four modules in collaboration with Caritas Serbia, with the aim of preparing and training professionals who will provide support to persons with disabilities in employment over the next three years. The goal is to provide additional support to persons with disabilities in the job search process, including recognizing their own capacities and potential for market inclusion, assisting in setting appropriate professional goals, referring to additional training, and developing the social/soft skills. Thirteen participants who attended the training will provide employment support services from August in six cities – Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad, Subotica, Valjevo, and Zrenjanin. Services will be provided at the YFI in Belgrade, while in other cities, they will be available at Caritas premises. 

As part of the support for employers through the Network of Employers for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, the YFI conducted two trainings for leaders and top management of IKEA. The trainings covered educating leaders and managers about the institutional framework and rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the use of proper terminology. All participants had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with inclusive procedures and examples of good practices in the employment of persons with disabilities. 

The trainings were implemented as part of the “Job Fit: Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities” project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Youth with Disabilities Forum. Other project partners are the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, Caritas of Serbia, Smart Kolektiv and the Center for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities. More info