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In Brief:

This project aims to develop/enhance a training program for computer oriented disabled people on CADD, Graphics, Web design, MS Office, other Office utilities and establish an e-platform which will serve those people to work as a freelance, self-employed or entrepreneur from their home based offices (“virtual assistants”).

This two-stage training will cover:

1. Training on “how to become a virtual assistant”, that is learning the general principles of home office business and how to work as self-employed (or as “virtual assistants”) in general,

2. Training on specific service fields: CADD, Graphics Design, Web design, Office (Word, Excel, Power Point processing, other Office utilities)

The idea behind this future efforts is basically to improve the skills and competencies of computer and technical oriented disabled people to train the individual to produce better and competitive outputs in drafting, graphics and Web design fields which covers almost 40% of design and engineering activities in architectural, civil, mechanical and electrical fields of engineering design projects, Web developments and presentations, which are most vital and essential parts of any engineering, commercial design and presentation activities. Office support positions are also widely used, thus increasing the necessity of proficiency and high competencies in Office tools using capabilities.

As this overall activity requires continuous training both in e-environment being the gateway to the e-employment, computer hardware and software as well as related technical disciplines, the quality of output is directly a function of continuous vocational training which is a very significant and extremely important but implicitly integrated part of the project. This vital part will be accessed via the e-employment and it will refresh itself by means of continuing inputs from users, that are “disabled virtual assistants”. This unique structure of “integrated training and employment” which will renew and improve itself further continuously serving both vocational training and employment of disabled people in this few specific activity fields will be a new e-learning model (VET e-center) and guidance for other similar fields.

Outcomes: E-Learning & e-working platform (VET e-center - modified, enhanced e-learning material added, CADD, graphics, Web design, Office packages and SCORM compatible. This integrated training and employment model will improve the employability of disabled people and will also be a model for other similar activity fields. It will also improve the output quality in the sector by means of increasing the meeting opportunities of supply and demand and resulting increase in competition.

Impact: Due to increasing competition, the prices will go down, quality of output will rise, virtual working and employment will be encouraged which will implicitly encourage e-learning methods which are especially useful for people with disabilities.

Target group: Project has many groups benefiting from the project. The Primary target group is people with physical disability seeking opportunities to enter into labour market, and companies seeking to employ disabled people. Another target group is trainers and institutions of vocational training and education who will be able to use the e-training courses and its model, and finally the project end users who will be disabled people trying to get or maintain contact with the labour market – which means the labour market itself also will benefit from the project.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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