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Immersing into good practices of inclusion – Study trip to Germany and France

Düsseldorf – Cologne – Paris | 2018-01-29 till 02-02

After the elaboration of a national study in Morocco and an international benchmark study on good practices of inclusion particularly in Germany and France (see our web news from 20 December 2017), the current study visit has been another important milestone in implementing the YouMatch innovation project “Improving employment services for people with disabilities.”

From 29 January to 2 February 2018, a delegation of eight representatives of the National Moroccan Employment Agency, ANAPEC, and their private sector partner Attitudes Conseil visited public sector institutions as well as private companies and associations in Düsseldorf and Cologne (Germany) and in Paris (France). Main objective of the encounters was the presentation and discussion of current approaches, good practices and challenges in the field of the inclusion of people with disabilities in salaried employment. On the agenda: visits to the German Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Agency for Employment) and their French counterpart Pôle Emploi as well as to institutions that are specialised on services geared towards the integration of people with disabilities into the labour market (CAP Emploi, AGEFIPH in France), “ordinary” enterprises (Groupe La Poste) and adapted businesses (Fastroad). The participants were particularly impressed by Projekt Router in Cologne, a non-profit limited liability company that offers complex support services at the interface between jobseekers with disabilities, private companies in the region and training providers.

A key issue throughout the study trip was the definition of “disability” and thus the design of well-targeted and appropriate employment services. Should we prioritise the development of service offers for people with severe, visible disabilities? Do personal limitations or specific needs caused by diseases such as diabetes or depression justify equal attention as a motor or sensory disability? – According to Bachir Kerroumi, expert on disability and employment in France, we need a paradigm shift towards a model of social inclusion. And as we learned in Germany: the basis of such a model is the identification of individual “competence profiles” instead of medical typing.

Beside the institutional visits, the delegation also met representatives of Socieux +, a technical assistance programme of the European Union in the field of labour and employment. The envisaged cooperation under this programme could support ANAPEC in the further consultation process and the implementation in Morocco of the recommendations resulting from the YouMatch innovation project.

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