The Trans2Work project is designed to
(a) Upgrade and prepare HEIs services to support SwD to their transition from HE to Work following the EU policies,
(b) Link Higher Education to “disability friendly” work environments,
(c) Assimilate transition opportunities and skills with EU practices and policies and
(d) To prepare employers on understanding the needs of employees with disabilities in order to offer new job.
The main target group addressed by the project is a wide group of current and prospective graduates with disability and employers from private and public sector. Since it is highly needed to strengthen the academic community for the concept of transition from school to work, the wider target groups and university’s potential partners are: students with disabilities, environment, university teachers, staff, and university established services, career centers, employers and potential networks. The innovation of the proposed project is threefold from one side is the creation of the accessible data base that will function as a search engine for new jobs that will meet the needs of graduate students with disabilities and from the other side are the employers that will have to create the profile of jobs that will meet the needs of graduate SwD. Last but not least all this will be successful only with the support from HEIs that during the project life time will give the chance to SwD participate in internship programs under the special mobility strand that is going to fully assimilate the Erasmus+mobility for HE students. It is important to mention that the participated NGOs on disability issues are supported by IwD that have faced similar employement problems and they can transfer their knowledge and experience during the life cycle of the project.
Some key elements are:
- Initial focus on helping a person identify needs, interests, choices, desires, and dreams
- Identify employment options that fit well with the job seeker’s personal vision
- The professional’s role is to guide and support the individual, not to be an “expert” who makes decisions on the person’s behalf
- Family, friends and community resources help generate career directions, employment contacts, and supports
- Consideration of relevant multicultural issues.