Official start of the Service project “Promoting Social Inclusion Services”

The official opening of the EU funded Project “Promoting Social Inclusion Service” was held on Thursday, 8 October 2015, at 11 a.m. in the premises of the EU Info Centre, located on “Sv. Kiril I Metodij” 52b, Skopje.

At the event addresses were delivered from Mr. Martin Klaucke, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of EU, Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and Ms. Jelena Vahakuopus, team leader of the project.

The team leader presented the project objectives and the expected results.

The project aims to improve the system, services and professional capacities for social inclusion of disadvantaged men and woman and promotion of equal opportunities in the labour marker.

The main purpose of the project is to develop and implement vocational rehabilitation and personal assistance services for more intensive and quality integration of persons with disability into the labour market. The focus will be given to the improvement of the delivery and monitoring of the services provided to the vulnerable groups, through further automation of the business processes in the social protection institutions and facilitation of the date exchange between the competent institutions.

The project expected results are, as follow:

1. Designed, tasted and introduced standardized vocational rehabilitation services of people with disabilities for their successful integration in labour market.

2. Build capacity of professionals in the area of vocational rehabilitation for direct work with people with disabilities. 
3. Establish cooperation between social protection, employment and educational organizations for implementation of vocational rehabilitation.

4. Existing social protection services software upgraded with new functionalities and modification of existing functions and data exchange.

The project is implemented by WYG International Limited in Consortium with ESEP Limited and WYG Consulting Ltd with contract value of EUR 1.366.250, 00 and implementation period of 24 months.