Telenor Seeks Applications from Disabled People for Open Mind Programme

ISLAMABAD: Telenor Pakistan has announced the call for entries for its third Open Mind Pakistan programme aimed at enhancing awareness, accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Telenor-Open-Mind-Pakistan-2015-2016-exclusive-traineeship-for-disabilities-peopleOpen Mind Pakistan is a training program with the objective of enhancing employability of the PWDs through skill development, mentoring and on-job training.

Telenor Pakistan has focused on mainstreaming disability by building strategic partnerships, raising awareness through advocacy, trainings and volunteerism, ensuring building accessibility and enabling inclusion in the workforce. For the same purpose, Open Mind Pakistan was launched in 2013 under Telenor Pakistan’s flagship disability initiative ‘Khuddar Pakistan’. An accessible recruitment model was developed for which a renowned disability consultant from Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) was taken on board to bring in technical prowess and best practices. Announcing the latest intake for the programme, Telenor Pakistan chief executive officer Michael Foley said, “Open Mind Pakistan has translated our ambitions into concrete outcomes. The graduates of the programme have proved themselves as an integral part of the society and are now working with prominent companies, with some even having become self-employed. The programme is an example for the rest of the corporate sector to follow and a testimony of our commitment to working towards mainstreaming marginalised segments of Pakistan’s society.”

After a thorough online testing and screening process, which are specially modified to be accessible for visual and hearing impaired, 16 short listed PWDs will be given functional and on job training for three months at National Institute of Special Education. Out of these, eight finalists will be subsequently placed across the organisation for an extended period of nine months while the rest will be referred to inclusive partner organisations. Applications are open and last date to apply online is October 31st.

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