The ERGO WORK project arose from the need for new knowledge, methods and approaches for equal opportunities in PWD labour market inclusion. While looking for solutions experts discovered that the problem should be explored and addressed within a wider HEI-B alliance, not only within the employment area.

 

The partnership carried out a preliminary analysis in the partnership countries Slovenia, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Belgium. The analysis showed the following problems and needs:

  1. 1. Lack of HEI-B cooperation in Ergonomics in general and specifically for PWD;
  2. 2. Lack of specific contents, modules and approaches in addressing equal opportunities work place design for PWD in most Curricula Ergonomics + Lack of experts with specific knowledge in Ergonomics for persons with disabilities;
  3. 3. Lack of equal opportunities for PWD due to a.) lack of ergonomic work places responding to the needs of people with disabilities, b.) lack of awareness amongst employers about the potential work efficiency of ergonomic work places, adapted to people with disabilities.

 

During the ERGO WORK project’s lifetime we will address those challenges in order to stimulate the creation of the most adequate places to work for all persons regardless of their impairment and special needs.

 

In-depth Analysis in partner countries: Through an In-depth Analysis, the main stakeholders will gain new knowledge about the needs of the target groups.

 

Curriculum Ergonomics – Supplementary Modules: Based on the In-depth Analysis, the Curriculum Ergonomics will be improved with innovative teaching contents and modules that do not exist yet for specific needs of people with disabilities, and with such a multidisciplinary character (“New Skills for New Jobs”). The wide range of different needs of people with disabilities as individuals and a lack of time will probably be our main challenges on the way.

 

Setting the conditions for the Pilot Projects and implementation of Pilot Projects: The innovative teaching contents and modules will be tested within innovative approach of 4 Multidisciplinary groups consisting of students, professors/academia and company staff, working on Pilot Projects in close cooperation with persons with disabilities. We aim at offering a new model for HEI-B cooperation also for the future.

 

Promotion Campaign and Dissemination plan: Evaluation of Pilot Projects will be disseminated at local, regional, national and European level in up to 6 partner languages through the web-page, e-promotion materials, EU networks (EASPD, INFAD), e-newsletters, media release, Final International Conference. Our challenge will be to reach the widest possible target audience.

 

Exploitation and Sustainability Plan: The biggest challenge for us will be the effort and creativity to ensure that innovative solutions in ergonomic work place design for persons with disabilities are truly sustained also after the project’s life time. The project partnership will constantly seek solutions and among them will be the ERGO WORK e-platform as a wide knowledge and information exchange tool. Recommendations for system and policy makers will include the initiative for inviting European countries to use the innovative results of the project as well.