About the I-SME project
An inclusive enterprise is a place where people with disabilities — both visible and invisible disabilities — have the same opportunities for success as their co-workers. People with disabilities have the right to income support that ensures living in dignity, services that enable them to participate in the labor market and in society, and a work environment adapted to their needs.
How do we work
Our ongoing project, “Inclusive Small & Medium Enterprises (i-SME) in Europe”, has been underway for almost two years with partners from seven different European countries, collecting information, advices and the best practices for i-SMEs in Europe.
We make use of scientifically proven ways of 'creating awareness and changing behaviour', making use of the theories of 'how to create awareness and how to induce change'. We believe that including these theoretical bases into the practical implementation strategies, will enlarge the level of success of interventions focussing on increasing the employment of persons with disabilities.
The International Academy for Management and Technology (INTAMT) is a non-profit association, which has been active since 2005 in the field of international knowledge transfer and exchange of experience, as well as the development and implementation of continuous professional development and adult education programs. The Academy transforms the concept of the “lifelong education” into action, explores and implements on the German soil international experiences to ensure an effective cooperation in the fields of education, science, technology, business and public administration Within 16 years, INTAMT has organised more than 700 training courses, study tours and business meetings with more than 7000 participants in 27 countries around the globe. INTAMT also performs as a coordinating body within 22 international projects together with partners from 16 countries.
GTB - the Specialised Team Mediation - helps people with a disability or a health problem, to find and keep a job. We also support employers in the recruitment and (re)integration of suitable employees. Employment is the focus: Work means so much more than just an income; it gives meaning to life. For GTB employment is therefore an excellent way of contributing to society. In the first place GTB looks for paid work in the regular, open labour market. Other options (social economy, employment care, voluntary work) are alternatives if that is not feasible. Powerful mediation towards work: GTB’s approach goes beyond pure guidance to a job. It wants to make people stronger so that they can build their own career on the basis of their own choices and abilities. GTB supports its clients in taking action and taking matters into their own hands. This approach they call 'power-oriented mediation to work'. Workfloor work: GTB prefers to discover people's potential on the work floor and considers workplace learning as the ideal instrument for both the job-seeker and the employer to explore those possibilities.
Dafür accompanies the professional inclusion of people with disabilities from the end of compulsory schooling until retirement; offers professional counselling and support services for people with disabilities as well as for employers and uses its knowledge and skills to promote the potential for self-help in order to make the goals of our clients achievable.
The focus lies on:
- Youth coaching - Support for young people with special needs
- Work assistance - For people with disabilities who are looking for a job
- Job coaching - Support for people with disabilities directly at the workplace.
- Company service - Advice on all aspects of people with disabilities in the workplace.
Disworks develops, implements and evaluates policies and practices aimed at increasing the employment of people with disabilities. Disworks believes that people with disabilities have a right to a full place in society and hence participation in the labour corresponding to their capability. Disworks works with Employers: Employers are experts in strategy and growth, personnel planning and policy. Knowledge about where within their organisation there are opportunities for people with disabilities often lacks them. Disworks looks at opportunities from the perspective of the employer, and supports employers in seeking the best possible business-economic value creation. Service Providers of people with disabilities are characterised by their expertise regarding the skills and guidance needs of the target group. Connecting to the needs of the employer is a challenge for many of them. Disworks supports Service Providers in enhancing their expertise to create opportunities for their target groups of people with a disability from a business-value creation for the employer.
CEPYME is recognised as the most representative business organisation in Spain. The Confederation was constituted on 22 September 1977 by twelve provincial territorial organisations. At present, CEPYME is made up of 57 territorial organisations at the regional level and 49 sectoral organisations nationwide. So, it represents 99% of the existing Spanish SME associations. CEPYME brings the voice of small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed entrepreneurs to the main national and European institutions.
Founded in 1991, FORMEM is a Federation that represents, currently, 49 organisations who support persons with disabilities (PwD) in their professional qualification and labour aspirations. Our affiliates are distributed all over Portugal and our head office is in Coimbra. As an umbrella organisation in the field of social inclusion, its action is focused on getting the best outcomes, in the changing environment, for the person with disability and the organisation we directly represent. FORMEM shapes and influences public policies towards vocational training and employment of PwD, in cooperation with the public bodies such as the Portuguese Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP) and the National Institute for Rehabilitation (INR).
Public organisation Business Cooperation Centre of Southern Lithuania (PLVKC) - has been active in Alytus since 2002, during those years it has been working with all target groups, which in one aspect or another have connections with small and medium-sized enterprises. We help to establish companies, consult on business development, obtain financial support, write projects, organise entrepreneurship training. We participate in local and transnational projects. Since 2010, provided more than 4,000 consulting business development contact hours, since 2015, helped to establish more than 140 companies. The head of the organisation is Dalia Matukienė. Dalia Matukienė actively participates in defending the interests of small and medium enterprises in the Seimas, Government and ministries of the Republic of Lithuania, as she is the chairwoman of the Lithuanian Small and Medium Business Council. In the Alytus Region Development Council, she is the representative of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in the Alytus region.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) studies, monitors, and develops measures to promote the well-being and health of the population in Finland. THL gathers and produces information based on research and register data. It also provides expertise and solutions to support decision-making. THL serves various parties: the government, municipal and provincial decision-makers, actors in the social welfare and health sector, organisations, the research community, and the public. We help our customers and partners to secure quality of life for Finns in a fair but dynamic welfare society. THL is an independent expert agency working under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
- sustainability of the welfare society
- reducing inequality and social exclusion
- changing spectrum of diseases
- preparing for health threats
- transition of the service system