Technology opens new doors to include people with disabilities at work

Far from opening new divides, the advent of technology and the development of different coping methods can play a major role in employment integration for people with disabilities (physical, mental or sensory). A job that was recovering and growing after the impact of covid. According to SEPE data, in 2022 persons with disabilities signed 123,515 contracts compared to 114,315 contracts in 2021 and 117,818 contracts in 2019. This represents inter-annual growth of 8%, and almost doubles the numbers recorded a decade ago. These are record numbers, but given that 7% of the population of Spain suffers from some kind of disability (3,255,843 people), there is still a long way to go. Technology is called to play an increasingly major role. And some projects are already helping to tap all their potential. This is the case for IMPACT #includes from the GoodJob Foundation, an initiative recently recognized in the 2022 ‘laCaixa’ Foundation’s Social Innovation Awards for its goal of training and helping to get a job in cybersecurity. A free online employment program, aimed at developing skills in one of the most innovative and in-demand professions.” Cesar Lopez, General Manager of the Goodjob Foundation, points out how this option is implemented “without previous experience or training, in normal work environments, in a stable way and in a period Short lead time. We’re about to launch 7th Edition, with 70% hiring and it’s going up.” Lopez highlights how technology is changing the employment model “allowing the short-term creation of ‘beginner’ professionals in technology-based activities, which are not covered by the market.” Tools to reduce gaps The Goodjob Foundation studies “Collective Employment Base Data for Persons with Disabilities” and IMPACT data #include the program that is a general framework for the inclusion of persons with disabilities at work, with sources such as INE (National Institute of Statistics) and Odismet (Observatory of Labor Market and Statistics for Persons with Disabilities disability). They highlight that the labor activity rate for people without disabilities is 58%, and for people with disabilities it is 34%; While the unemployment rate for people without disabilities is 13.3%, and it rises to 24% in the case of people with disabilities. An obvious and notorious ‘work gap’ that tends to decrease thanks to the gradual decline of the ‘digital and technological divide’ for people with disabilities Related news This is how the maximum pension will evolve: from the current 3,000 euros to more than 9,000 euros per month Gonzalo D. Velarde The government expects two stages of abolishing the pension cap: it will grow by 3% between 2025 and 2050, and an additional 12.7% between 2051 and 2065. Barriers to entry to work will subside, according to experience for collective work with companies and in accompanying and allocating, along with With collaborative work, Lopez emphasizes, “agents of social work, such as public administrations, companies and organizations in the tertiary sector of social work. It’s everyone’s job.” As noted by Joanna Prats, Director of Social Entity Relations for La Caixa, the Goodjob Foundation “managed to train people with disabilities without previous experience in cybersecurity in eight weeks, promoting high levels of labor inclusion and enabling the option of extending the scope of the project to the entire national territory.” Prats adds that such measures are relevant, “in the current situation of the economic, social, health and energy crisis, which leads to an increase in the number of people in vulnerable positions and exacerbates the conditions experienced by the most vulnerable » . In the case of the Adecco Foundation, its study “Technology and Disability” is in its eleventh edition. Prepared with Keysight Technologies, it is based on a sample of 700 people (18-50 years old) with physical, sensory, intellectual and mental disabilities residing in Spain. David Miranda, Head of Digital Marketing, comments that “in terms of employment inclusion, in recent years there has been a great technological revolution in the way job searches, selection processes are implemented, and work. This revolution has a significant impact on the employment of people with disabilities. But it also creates challenges Significantly due to the speed of “sudden digitization.” Miranda also highlights the importance of working remotely (“without hindering the interaction and affecting the process”). He adds the importance of ensuring digital skills are acquired to communicate with the requirements of companies: “It is essential that they are trained in digital literacy , programming, networking and other burgeoning topics in which they currently do not compete on equal terms. “The Adecco Foundation is actively participating in this process with initiatives such as the Erasmus + project or the Employment School in Digital Skills.” Thanks to her (points to Pilar López, Integration and Inclusion Consultant), It will be possible to take advantage of the opportunities that arise in this type of sector or in activities where digital skills are extremely important. This type of training is necessary to reduce the skill mismatch that greatly affects the bottom line. put it on Employment rate”. Web development (Java and front-end), data analysis and cyber security with the most in-demand skills. More information Agreement to improve the working conditions of teachers supported by ANPE and UGT “Many families were able to open their eyes with this crisis by worrying about their receipts” Another example is the ONCE Foundation, which launched a few years ago three years ago the “For Digital Talent” program to improve the digital profiles of people with disabilities, so that they can choose to include them in better conditions.

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