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Getting Hired: A Trainer's Manual for Conducting a Workshop for Job-seekers with Disabilities

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Teaching people the skills they need to find their own jobs can be empowering for both trainers and trainees. The ILO’s AbilityAsia programme has published Getting Hired: A Trainer’s Manual for Conducting Workshops for Job-Seekers with Disabilities to help trainers help people with disabilities get hired by teaching job-seeking skills. This manual is designed for job placement or employment officers, social workers, staff who work at organizations of and for people with disabilities and others who want to provide jobseeking skills training. The manual has a special emphasis on people with disabilities since they face specific barriers to entering the labour force, however the job-seeking skills that are the basis of the curriculum are the same for any job-seeker and therefore the job-seeking training workshops that are offered can be for both disabled and non-disabled persons. The companion Getting Hired: A Guide for Job-Seekers with Disabilities (referred to simply as “the guide” or “guide for job-seekers”) should be used along with the this trainer’s manual when workshops are offered. Both the trainer’s manual and the job-seekers’ guide can be downloaded from or The guide can be used independently if training workshops are not feasible; however most job-seekers with disabilities will benefit from some training in job-seeking skills. The guide and trainer’s manual were originally developed for use in ILO projects in Tanzania and Kenya during the 1990s, but have been updated and adapted for use in Asia and the Pacific. They were field-tested in Africa but have also been used in some Asian countries in the former formats. This updated version of the trainer’s manual was reviewed by employers and job placement experts from a number of different countries in Asia. Getting Hired: A Trainer’s Manual for Conducting Workshops for Job-Seekers with Disabilities also has relevance to other regions of the world besides Asia and the Pacific. And, since jobseeking practices can vary within the region, guidance on how to tailor the curriculum to national or local practices is provided in Appendix I. This training manual takes on increased importance as the attitudes about disabled persons are changing. People with disabilities are no longer viewed as requiring protection and care; they are seen as individuals who have rights, including the right to access training and employment. With preparation and training, it has been proven time and again by employers who hire people with disabilities that the overall performance, productivity and safety records of disabled persons is on par with those of their non-disabled peers. Further, the right to meaningful, decent work is guaranteed in a number of international instruments. Most recently, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force on 3 May 2008. It is now being signed and ratified by many countries around the world and those who have ratified it are starting the process of implementation. The ILO Convention concerning Vocational Preface Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons), 1983 (No. 159) promotes equal treatment and equal opportunity for people with disabilities in work and training situations. The ILO Code of Practice on Managing Disabilities in the Workplace provides guidance for employers on how to implement these principles in the workplace. At the national level, many countries also have laws to protect the right of people with disabilities to engage in work and to access the services to help them find decent work. To learn more about these instruments and local laws, consult the websites listed in the Section “Useful Websites” in Appendix VII and national ministries of labour, trade unions and disabled persons’ organizations. The ILO wishes you success in conducting a job-seeking workshop in your country. Hopefully, this trainer’s manual will assist you and that, as a result, many of the workshop participants will be getting hired!

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