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LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT THROUGH FOSTERED EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM
LIFE Program components include professional trainings and capacity building of representatives of Employment Centers (EC), service providers, and NGO’s dealing with disability issues. During the first months of the program implementation, the following trainings were conducted.
On April 2-5 an “Introductory training on general issues of PWD employment” was conducted by the Activa International Foundation in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Gavar for staff of 29 Employment Centers (EC). During the training the LIFE Program, as well as activities and experience of international and local partners on MAST testing equipment, its effectiveness and usage were presented to the participants.
Participants were also informed that within the framework of the Program, MAST tests will be imported to Armenia and installed at the 29 Employment Centers. In general, 58 representatives of the regional and territorial ECs and 6 social workers of partner NGOs participated in the Introductory training, during the course of the LIFE program will share gained knowledge and skills to other beneficiaries of the Program. Click to watch videos covering trainings in Vanadzor and Gavar.
Training on MAST Test
On May 2-4 the first session of Training of Trainers (ToT) on MAST/RUWARD test methodology was conducted by the Activa International Foundation for State Employment Service Agency (SESA) Core Trainers Team’s (CTT) 10 master trainers and social workers of partner NGOs.
The training was aimed to present the usage and advantages of testing equipment to trainees. Participants gained practical knowledge on usage and features of MAST test. It is anticipated that after completion of trainings on MAST test conducted by international specialists, SESA Master Trainers will conduct similar trainings for 58 representatives of 29 ECs.
Training on Observation Method at Gyumri Work Rehabilitation Center
On June 6-8 Activa International Foundation conducted a training on observation method for representatives of Gyumri Work Rehabilitation Center, employees of the Employment Centers and social workers of HDP Foundation at Gyumri Work Rehabilitation Center, where a Work Sample Testing (WST) environment will be created to allow a thorough analysis of the abilities of PWDs in a realistic work setting. WST method mimics real work settings and elicits a higher level of engagement as opposed to the psychological test. By using the WTS, the evaluator can observe actual work behaviours; modify work samples to meet the particular needs of a PWD, and make detailed recommendations on individual capabilities and ways to further develop them.