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The Worlds Day Centre hosted earlier today a workshop dedicated to good practices for the engagement of people with intellectual difficulties in the labour market. The motto of the workshop was 'People with intellectual difficulties in the labour market – mission possible'.
The Job Mentorship programme of Maria's World Foundation, which is aimed at supporting the integration of people with intellectual difficulties in the labour market, was presented during the workshop.
The attendees also learned the initial successful outcomes of the first pilot action designed to support people with intellectual difficulties in the labour market – two clients of the Centre, Violeta Parvanova and Nadezhda Spassova, were hired under employment contracts. This gave each of them an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, be useful, obtain the confidence of accomplishment and earn income of their own. Another focus of the event was the presentation of two publications developed by the MWF team with the financial support of the Agency for Disabled People. These are "Opportunities shared in first person singular", a manual for employers wishing to hire people with intellectual difficulties, and "I am starting a job", an easy to understand guide which explains to people with intellectual difficulties how they can find a job. The workshop was attended by a broad spectrum of stakeholders involved in the integration of people with intellectual difficulties in the labour market, including representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Social Assistance Agency, the Agency for Disabled People, NGOs, local authorities and social services providers across the country. The action "Job mentorship and assisted employment for people with intellectual difficulties" is supported by MWF donors and the project "People with intellectual difficulties in the labour market – mission possible", which is financed by the Agency for Disabled People.