EDGE

Enhancing Disabled-people Greatness and their Employability

The unemployment rate of people with Intellectual Disabilities in Europe is more than twice that of unemployment in general terms, despite legislative reforms concerning work and non-discrimination, and financial and tax incentives for businesses.

The EDGE Project is promoted by Consorzio SIR for the implementation of the European Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership, in collaboration with agencies and organizations from the following countries: UK, Portugal, Greece, Austria and Lithuania.

EDGE intends to design and experiment with innovative approaches to promote the inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities skills in the labor market, leveraging win-win solutions that involve young unemployed people, businesses and society as a whole.

Objectives

  • Creating and promoting innovative and effective training methodologies for job insertion
  • Support organisations and businesses to be proactive in employing young people with disabilities
  • Promote the development of an entrepreneurial mindset, as well as skills and possibilities for self-employment.

Strategies

  • Supply-side: for the development of hard and soft skills and experimentation with placement strategies
  • Demand-side: to sensitize companies to recruit young people with intellectual disabilities
  • Third way: self-employment paths and self-entrepreneurship with young people

Target

  • Young people (18 – 35 years) with relational and intellectual disabilities
  • Educators and operators working with young people with relational and intellectual disabilities
  • Business Mentors trained to support the path of self-entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurs and HR managers, to be involved in creating inclusive work environments.

THE PROJECT STEPS

KICK OFF MEETING

Milan - ITALY

Meeting among partners

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DESIGN MEETING – GREECE

Volos - GREECE

Action 1 Mindful Edge program Meeting among partners

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DESIGN MEETING – PORTUGAL

Lisbon - PORTUGAL

Action 2 Edge job based program & Action…

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Design meeting for Inclusive Companies

Milan - ITALY

Action 4 – Edge handbook for inclusive company

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Design meeting for GAME

Milan - ITALY

Action 5 Edge Game

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EDGE LAUNCH

In every partner countries

15 participants Multiplier event

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Design meeting for Sustainability

Sheffield - UK
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OPEN SEMINAR FOR INCLUSIVNESS

ITALY

30 participants: HR Manager, experts in business support,…

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EDGE FINAL CONFERENCE

Milan - ITALY

Minimum 60 participants (50 Italy and 10 other…

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