International Scientific Conference (16.09.2015) - publication
International Scientific Conference (16.09.2015) & Final ERGO WORK meeting (17.09.2015) - Report
International scientific conference “Ergonomics – opportunity for new human jobs”, September 16th, 2015, Siedlce, Poland.
Presentation of the ERGO WORK Project during the International Conference END 2015 in Porto, Portugal (27th June 2015)
Presentation ERGO WORK Project on 13th International Conference “International Week 2015”, Siedlce, Poland (11th May 2015)
ERGO WORK presented in the Radio Maribor radio show (23rd March 2015, Maribor, Slovenia)
3rd partner meeting in Salamanca, Spain (21st and 22nd January 2015)
ERGO WORK pilot projects’ implementations in Slovenia and Poland
ERGO WORK presented in the Radio Maribor radio show (8th December 2014, Maribor, Slovenia)
ERGO WORK over the Atlantic Ocean
ERGO WORK presented at Reha days 2014 (23. – 24. September 2014, Portorož, Slovenia)
2nd Creative workshop led by Institute for Creativity from Slovenia
1st Creative workshop led by Institute for Creativity from Slovenia
ERGO WORK - Curriculum development
ILO Global Business and Disability Network Newsletter – 07/2014
UNIVERSITY OF CANTABRIA: SUMMER COURSE “Advance on Disability Intervention”
UNIVERSITY OF EXTREMADURA MEETING
ERGO WORK enlarges the borders: discussed in Turkey!
2nd Partner Meeting of the ERGO WORK partnership in Maribor, Slovenia
ERGO WORK in “Meetings with Business” (Poland, 13 March 2014)
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network introduced the new infographics video
Partnership meeting 2 in Maribor, Slovenia (22-23 May 2014)
AHFE 2014 - 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics in Krakow, Poland (19-23 July 2014)
Meetings with Business „Business Challenges”, Siedlce, Poland (13th March 2014)
International Congress INFAD-G21 in Zamora, Spain (12-14 February 2014)
Coordinators’ meeting in Brussels (23-24 January 2014)
Initial Meeting within the framework of the ERGO WORK project

 

International Scientific Conference (16.09.2015) - publication

 

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International Scientific Conference (16.09.2015) & Final ERGO WORK meeting (17.09.2015) - Report

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On 16.09.2015 in the building of the Main Library of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce International Conference on "Ergonomics - opportunity for new human jobs" organized within the Project ERGO WORK financed by the EU took place.

 

The Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences and the team of Project ERGO WORK were the organizers of the Conference.

 

The conference was attended by foreign guests, ERGO WORK Project partners, representatives of universities from the country, employees and managers of local businesses and organizations involved in activities related to the employment of people with disabilities.

 

Speakers gave presentations on Ergonomics, implementing ergonomics to the organizations and employing people with disabilities. Due to the fact that the Conference was the component of summarizing the activities of the ERGO WORK Project Partners, majority of speeches were related to the results and presentations of the activities carried out during the Project.

 

On 17.09.2015 at Łuksja Ltd. in Łazy, Poland the final meeting of the ERGO WORK Project Partners took place. On the meeting Partners summarized the current activities under the Project and discussed the remaining actions to perform in the coming months, aiming at optimal conclusion of the project.

 

During the meeting the Project Partners participated in visits to workplaces, which were within pilot projects analyzed from the perspective of ergonomic suitability: an operator of Call Centre position in Medical and Diagnostic Center Ltd. in Oleśnica and in Łuksja in Łazy an operator of a multi-ply spreading and cutting machine and an IT specialist's work place.

 

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International scientific conference “Ergonomics – opportunity for new human jobs”, September 16th, 2015, Siedlce, Poland.

 

The ERGO WORK Project Team and the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences,University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, co-organise the international scientific conference “Ergonomics – opportunity for new human jobs”.

 

This conference is organised within the ERGO WORK Project funded by the European Union. ERGO WORK, ‘Joining academia and business for new opportunities in creating Ergonomic WORK places‘, is a European project seeking to improve the ergonomic design of jobs and workplaces for people with disabilities. It promotes Knowledge, Skills and “Social Cohesion” in order to create Reasonable Accommodation at work for all employees, including Persons with Disabilities “Social Cohesion” is one of the main 7 Objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The labour market can significantly benefit from greater inclusion of people with disabilities. The multidisciplinary field of Ergonomics can help and support inclusion through improved design and adaptation of workplace to cater for diverse needs.

 

Currently the teaching of Ergonomics and approaches to the inclusion of persons with disabilities lack strong cooperation and knowledge exchange between students, academia, schools, Vocational Educational Training system and Business. There is potential for stronger collaboration and more effective education in Ergonomics replicated to the employment of people with disabilities.

 

The ERGO WORK project seeks to tackle this deficiency. In line with Article 27 of UN Convention on the Rights of PWD, the objective is to set the foundation for a systematic sustainable cooperation between Academia and Business and all other relevant stakeholders in Ergonomics for persons with disabilities in order to foster Reasonable Accommodation at work.

 

The final conference will be an excellent opportunity to present the project’s outputs such as:

• The setting up of an E-platform for research and literature analysis, used for ERGOWORK network (HEI)

• A Report on In-Depth analysis on existing Curricula on Ergonomics and on Stakeholder Needs

• Development of a Curriculum on Ergonomics (supplementary module)

• Recommendations for Multidisciplinary Curriculum Ergonomics

• Policy Recommendations to System and Policy Makers

 

Practical information

• Date: September 16, 2015

• Venue: the Main Library of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce (9, Ks. Jerzy Popiełuszki Street)

Registration

Invitation

 

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Presentation of the ERGO WORK Project during the International Conference END 2015 in Porto, Portugal (27th June 2015)

 

On the 27th of June 2015 in Porto, Portugal during END 2015, the International Conference on Education and New Developments, Marzena Wójcik-Augustyniak, PhD gave a speech on "Creating Inclusive Workplaces for Persons with Disabilities as an Integral Element of Diversity Management" in which the ERGO WORK Project was presented. (end-educationconference.org)

 

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Presentation ERGO WORK Project on 13th International Conference “International Week 2015”, Siedlce, Poland (11th May 2015)

 

On May 11, 2015, during the 13th International Conference “International Week 2015”, organized by the Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences, the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, which theme was: "Current Trends in Management: Business and Public Administration," Marzena Wójcik-Augustyniak, PhD and Marek Szajczyk, PhD gave a speech on "The Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Social Life Through the Creation Universal Workplaces - ERGO WORK Project".

 

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ERGO WORK presented in the Radio Maribor radio show (23rd March 2015, Maribor, Slovenia)

 

Presentation of project ERGO-WORK by Miodrag Petrovič and Nataša Rebernik from OZARA, assistant professor Marjan Leber from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor and students Aleksander Pagon in Aleš Horvat.

 

http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/radijska-delavnica-znancev/174326635

 

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3rd partner meeting in Salamanca, Spain (21st and 22nd January 2015)

 

The Pontificia University of Salamanca and INFAD hosted the 3rd ERGO WORK partner meeting in Salamanca, Spain. ERGO WORK project partners from all the six partner countries attended the meeting, aiming at evaluation of the Curriculum Ergonomics prepared in autumn 2014, at reporting and discussing about pilot projects, currently being implemented in six companies in Slovenia and Poland, and finally dissemination, sustainability and evaluation of the project were discussed to ensure high quality of results and their use also after the end of the project. As an added value to the project, the first day a press conference to Salamanca media took place, and the second day a tour around Pontificia University was organised.

 

During the partner meeting, dates for the Final partner meeting and the Final Conference of the ERGO WORK project were confirmed. Both events will be organised in Poland, on 16th and 17th September 2015. Invitation will be released soon.

 

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ERGO WORK pilot projects’ implementations in Slovenia and Poland

 

Pilot projects (PP) have started both, in Slovenia and Poland! Four multidisciplinary groups (MGs) have been formed consisting of students, professors/researchers, company staff and persons with disabilities. In Poland the two groups consist of six students, whereas in Slovenia due to the specifics of those companies hosting the pilot projects and the variety of study programmes the students originate from, one group consists of twelve, and the other of three students.

 

In Slovenia the students and researchers come from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics and Business, and Arts of the University of Maribor, altogether from a minimum of five different study programmes. The first multidisciplinary group is working on Pilot project no. 1 (PP1) in cooperation with two partner companies, Kovinarstvo Bučar s.p., one of the leading companies within the region in tin production, and the OZARA Service and Disability Company Ltd., one of the larger vocational rehabilitation and Social inclusion providers in Slovenia. The second Slovene multidisciplinary group is working on Pilot project no. 2 (PP2) with the associated partner Bodočnost Maribor d.o.o., a company for the rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities.

 

The first session in Slovenia commenced at the end of November 2014, and the workshops have then continued once a week throughout December 2014. The MG members were already familiar with the ERGO WORK project, with the companies, the pilot project’s aims, with the products, working process and workplaces that will be the subject of modification, and finally the disabled employees were introduced to them, so that the students would be better able to understand their abilities and special needs during the work process when designing an accessible workplace for them.

 

 

Photo 1: PP – Session 1
(introduction to the project and the PP1)

Photo 2: PP1 – Session 1
(visit to the company OZARA d.o.o.)

Photo 3: PP1 – Session 2
(students measuring work parameters)

Photo 4: PP1 – Session 2
(students observing and measuring)

Photo 5: PP1 – Session 2
(wooden pallet production)

Photo 6: PP1 – Session 2
(wooden pallet production)

 

In Poland the students and researchers come from the Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce. The first multidisciplinary group (MG) is working on Pilot project no.3 (PP3) within a partner company: Łuksja Sp. z o.o., a manufacturer of highly processed ladies confection, and on Pilot project no.6 (PP6) within an associated partner: The Office of Technical Inspection (UDT), a state legal entity acting within the field of technical equipment safety. The activities of the first MG are coordinated by Marzena Wójcik-Augustyniak Phd.

 

The second multidisciplinary group in Poland is working on Pilot project no.4 (PP4) within another partner company: Medical and Diagnostic Center Sp. z o.o. , the regional market leader in Ambulatory Medical Services, and on Pilot project no.5 (PP5) within an associated partner: Asaj Sp. z o.o. , the biggest electro-installation wholesalers and lighting showrooms in the Eastern and Central Polish network. The activities of second MG are coordinated by Marek Szajczyk Phd.

 

The first session in Poland took place on Friday 12th December 2014 in first project’s partner company Łuksja Sp. z o. o. During the meeting an introductory presentation of the company was carried out, and the working conditions within the workplaces that would be the subjects of analyses were presented by the company staff. The second meeting took place on Monday 22th December 2014 in the second project’s partner company: Medical and Diagnostic Center Sp. z o. o.

 

In January 2015 continuations of the workshops are scheduled in Slovenia and in Poland, so the first months of 2015 will be very active. We expect to already have the first results in February 2015. Follow us!

 

Photo 7: PP3 – Session 1
introduction to the PP3 and Łuksja company

Photo 8: PP3 – Session 1
in front of Łuksja headquarters

Photo 9: PP4 – Session 1
MG 2 at Call Center Workplace

Photo 10: PP4 - Session 1
Workplace in Call Center

 

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ERGO WORK presented in the Radio Maribor radio show (8th December 2014, Maribor, Slovenia)

 

On 8th December 2014 two of the three Slovene ERGO WORK project partners, OZARA Service and Disability Company Ltd. and University of Maribor, were guests in a radio show at Radio Maribor. The show was moderated by Mr Anton Petelinšek with sincere warmth and empathy. Professor at the University of Maribor, Phd Bojan Dolšak, and two representatives of OZARA, MSc Miodrag Petrovič, rehabilitation technologis, and Nataša Rebernik, BA, coordinator of the ERGO WORK participated in the show. The discussione focused on sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of equal opportunities for disabled at work, employment of disabled, and ergonomics as a challenge for improving equal opportunities at work. The ERGO WORK project was presented as well, and will be presented in more details in the next show, planned for February 2015. You are invited to listen the yesterday show at:http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/radijska-delavnica-znancev/174308557 (SLOVENE VERSION)

 

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ERGO WORK over the Atlantic Ocean

 

Within the intensive dissemination campaign that ERGO WORK Partners are implementing all over Europe and abroad, on 4th December 2014 Claudio Sdogati - Tender, on behalf of the whole Consortium, participated in a webinar session about “How Ergonomics and Disability Management Work Together” organized and managed by PRO ergonomics a private consulting company based in Canada.

 

Sarah Snable and Jennifer McGillis started their presentation by underlining some basic concepts such as Disability Management and Ergonomics that are not always considered disciplines with a lot of overlapping; however, there are more connections between the two than you might imagine. For example, Disability Management often requires PDA/CDAs, job matching assessments and assistance by determining suitable accommodations, all which fall within the scope of practice for an ergonomist.

 

During more than one hour of presentation, supported by almost 25 slides, they presented useful statistical data and specific information about the economic and social costs that companies suffer if they do not use an appropriate approach to supporting Disabled workers at work or returning to work after a period of absence due to injury.

 

‘Injured workers and their return to work’ another interesting issue, coherent and complementary to our ERGO WORK focus, was presented and could be under observation for future initiatives. Perhaps in close cooperation with Sarah and Jennifer?!

 

Additional steps before warm Good Byes and traditional wishes for a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year were the ERGO WORK project presentation, invitations to visit the ERGO WORK project website, subscribing to our periodic-newsletter and the exchange of full addresses for continuing to keep in touch.

 

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ERGO WORK presented at Reha days 2014 (23. – 24. September 2014, Portorož, Slovenia)

 

On 23rd and 24th September there were “Days of vocational and employment rehabilitation – REHA days” organised in Portorož, Slovenia, carrying the title “Inclusive society and employment for all”. REHA days are a national event organised annually for professionals within the field of vocational and employment rehabilitation within the framework of public national institutions, representatives of disability companies, employment centres, representatives of relevant employers’ associations and associations of disabled persons.

 

The ERGO WORK project was presented to all the gathered professionals on the first day of REHA when a presentation of good practice examples within the field of employment of disabled persons was organised, aiming at raising awareness and exchange of knowledge amongst professional workers in the field. When presenting the project, the main emphasis was on setting the foundation for systematic and sustainable cooperation between higher education and businesses, also including other relevant stakeholders within the field of ergonomics for disabled persons, aiming at promoting reasonable accommodation at work.

 

After good practice examples’ presentations, further work was organised in three thematic workshops. The workshops’ findings were presented on the second day, when the aims and goals of the ERGO WORK project came to the forefront, especially those focusing on the development and upgrading of teaching contents for students – future experts within the field of ergonomics and universal design of work places, working environments, work procedures, tools and devices for work, that enable disabled persons to obtain equal employment and be equally included within working environments.

 

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2nd Creative workshop led by Institute for Creativity from Slovenia, as an introduction to Pilot projects for ergonomic work places designed for disabled persons

 

The ERGO WORK project team continues with preparations for Pilot projects at companies, where we will test new teaching contents on ergonomic work places’ designs for disabled persons. On 23rd September 2014 the 2nd creative workshop was organised for the selection of products, definition of a work process, work places and disabilities, for which the work process is going to be adapted. The 2nd workshop, carried out at the associated partner HTZ Velenje disability company, was moderated by the »Institute for creative processes within business and research environments«.

 

After having a short tour around the textile and gloves production departments, prof. dr. Maran Leber started with an introduction about creativity and creative methods, and then continued with moderating the workshop using various methods. By using »an introductory check list« we defined the creative methods that suited the workshop implementation and the company the most. Then using »method 635« we displayed different options for product selection, and through »morphological analysis« discussed these options and chose three of the more feasible ones (ideas A, B and C). After that, using »a method of testing«, we assessed all three ideas through risk-factor analysis and as the most feasible we chose a product under idea B.

 

The next steps will follow in November 2014, when a multidisciplinary group of students, professors and HTZ employees’ mentors and disabled will be formed.

 

In Slovenia and Poland there will be altogether 7 companies involved in 6 Pilot projects. You are again kindly invited to follow us, as the Autumn and Winter are going to be active from the perspective of the development of new products and ergonomic work places design for disabled persons, as well as from the perspective of intensive cooperation between students and companies. They will be working together on Pilot projects for four months, exchanging their knowledge, experiences, ideas, and testing new teaching contents within the field of ergonomic and universal work places design for disabled persons.

 

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1st Creative workshop led by Institute for Creativity from Slovenia, as an introduction into Pilot projects for ergonomic work places designed for disabled persons

 

The ERGO WORK project team has started preparing for the implementations of ERGO WORK Pilot projects within the companies. Within these Pilot projects we intend to test new teaching contents about ergonomic workplace design for disabled persons. The 1st Creative workshop was implemented in Slovenia on the 8th August 2014, and its aim was to select products, define those work processes, work places, and disabilities that the work process is going to be adapted for. The workshop was moderated by the Institute for Creativity, associated partner of the project.

 

After an introduction into creativity and creative methods we took »an introductory check list« aiming at defining appropriate creative methods for implementing the workshop. Then we used »a method 635« for displaying different options for selecting the products, then we discussed all the defined options through »morphological analysis« and chose two of the more feasable ones (idea A and idea B). After that, using »a method of testing«, we assesed both ideas through risk factor analysis and as the most feasable we chose a product under idea A.

 

Our next step will be preparing the project's documentation for developing the selected product and the formation of a multidisciplinary group of students, professors, mentors within the company and employed disabled persons who will be involved in Pilot project 1. The project will be implemented in cooperation of the three Slovenian ERGO WORK project partners: University of Maribor and the two companies, OZARA d.o.o. and KOVINARSTVO BUČAR, Drago Bučar s.p.

 

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ERGO WORK - Curriculum development

 

The first phase of the ERGO WORK project included an assessment of the current situation in the inclusion of ergonomics in the workplace for people with disabilities. Research focused on existing curricula (regarding the inclusion of ergonomics in study programs), employers’ attitude, interests and needs concerning the employment of people with disabilities and organisation of suitable workplace as well as interest and needs of people with disabilities in partner countries. For this purpose, two researches were conducted. Each partner selected a stakeholder group from the field of education and a group of other stakeholders (companies, persons with disabilities, students and others). The findings were used to assess and map the current situation and make recommendations concerning taught content in ergonomics required for improving workplaces for people with disabilities.

 

On the basis of research results, it is envisaged to upgrade existing curricula in ergonomics or develop new ones by partners of the ERGO WORK project. The University of Maribor as a higher education institution with a wide range of study programmes covering multidisciplinarity of ergonomics is developing the curriculum in cooperation with the University of Siedlce, which is considered an example of good practice among higher education institutions with excellent knowledge, experience and expertise, while the Coventry University as a higher education institution with a range of research studies conducted in the field and with the established Centre for Education and Rehabilitation of Disabled Students is monitoring, advising and evaluating both the process and the outcomes. Assistance in developing the curriculum is also provided by the INFAD (The Europoean Association of Evolutionary Psychology Elderly, Children and Disability) as an international scientific association, having professors, researchers and experts in ergonomics at hand. In the development of curricula an interdisciplinary group of experts from the fields of engineering, economy, sociology and psychology is involved.

 

Other partners will evaluate the content from their specific point of view and approve the appropriateness of the supplementary modules before testing them in pilot projects.

 

In Slovenia, the 5-courses from the module will be offered as elective, thus providing students from different fields of study with the opportunity to participate. The project will thus contribute to an improvement of learning and teaching methods and contents within ergonomics with the objective to increase the level of relevant expertise.

 

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ILO Global Business and Disability Network Newsletter – 07/2014

 

Latest ILO Global Business and Disability Network Newsletter featuring stories from the following members: IBM, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Qaderoon Network, Accenture, Mphasis, Accor and Genashtim. ( pdf )

 

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UNIVERSITY OF CANTABRIA: SUMMER COURSE “Advance on Disability Intervention”

 

The University of Cantabria introduced the ERGO WORK project through its summer courses, particularly within the framework of the course entitled “ADVANCE ON DISABILITY INTERVENTION”, held from 8-10 July 2014 in Corrales de Buelna (Cantabria – Spain).

 

Dr. José Antonio del Barrio, Summer Courses director, and Dr. Ana Isabel Sánchez, INFAD project manager, presented the ERGO WORK project within the context of ergonomics education applied to the employment of disabled people.

 

Ergonomics on academia and workplaces was discussed in detail, as well as the following contents being addressed: improving qualities of life for people with disabilities, communication access for disabled people, technological and medical advances in ergonomics as applied to persons with disabilities and autism.

 

More than 130 professionals of disability, civil servants and business people attended the summer course. The ERGO WORK activities and best practices, as well as the project’s sustainability, attracted the attention of many attendees. Political and academics personalities such as Dr. Domingo González-Lamuño and Dr. Alfonso Barragan, attended this meeting.

 

Cantabria meeting photo

Presentation of ERGO WORK Project
INFAD partners, Dr. Ana Sánchez and Dr. José Antonio del Barrio.

 

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UNIVERSITY OF EXTREMADURA MEETING

 

This meeting, initially programmed to be released through Pontificia University of Salamanca summer courses, was finally held on 7th July 2014 at the University of Extremadura (Badajoz - Spain) due to the strong request of this university.

 

As part of the ERGO WORK dissemination plan, INFAD Association (Spanish Partner) presented the objectives and the current results of the project. Over 50 participants took part in the meeting, amongst them academics from Spanish universities.

 

Extremadura meeting

Mr. Florencio Vicente, INFAD’s President (on the left), Ms. Ana Sánchez,
INFAD’s Project Manager (on the right), and INFAD partners at Badajoz Meeting

 

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ERGO WORK enlarges the borders: discussed in Turkey!

 

During the Consortium Meeting of the project: 'A NEW START', held in Denizli, Turkey on 4-5th June, the ERGO WORK project was introduced and presented to participants. At a public event organized at Yunus Emre Vocational Schools for Girls of Denizli, Claudio Sdogati on behalf of the ERGO WORK consortium, presented the aims, objectives, expected results, consortium composition and website of the project, which is considered strongly coherent and complementary with A NEW START project. 'A NEW START' is a LLP Multilateral Partnership project involving five different Countries (Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom) working around the need to set up a new methodology to train disabled persons to enable them to enter the labour market and find a job ( www.anewstart.eu ).

 

Many questions were asked by the participants but one in particular captured the attention of the stakeholders: “Can ERGO WORK be considered to be a natural continuation of A NEW START project?”

 

This question is well founded because the aim of A NEW START is to establish new vocational training courses for disabled persons. Its objectives are to design a new Vocational Educational Training pathway to guarantee the introduction of disabled persons into the labour market, to facilitate and support their employability.

 

Teachers, trainers, family members, school managers, policy and decision makers and stakeholders at the consortium all agreed in suggesting that some kind of economic incentive could be introduced to encourage enterprises to design and implement tailored and personalized, ergonomic work place/workplaces for a person/persons with disability or special needs. National and European legislation advocates the inclusion of disabled people in the labour market but does not provide concrete financial support.

 

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2nd Partner Meeting of the ERGO WORK partnership in Maribor, Slovenia

 

On the 22nd and 23rd May 2014 the ERGO WORK partneship met again, this time in the second city of Slovenia, Maribor. The meeting was hosted by the coordinating organisation, OZARA Service and Disability Company d.o.o., together with the other two slovenian partners; University of Maribor and the company Drago Bučar, Kovinarstvo Bučar s.p.

 

During the two days we discussed the progress and our next steps in the project. The key question was how to include the findings of the initial research phase within a developed ergonomics curriculum content focused specifically on creating ergonomic workplaces for people with disabilities (PWD). Ultimately, this content would be piloted in Slovenia and Poland, where the impact of the teaching will be tested in companies with working groups of students, professors, company staff, and persons with disabilities.

 

More about the results of the stakeholders' needs analysis and of the research regarding the existing curricula in ergonomics and related contents will be available in the 2nd ERGO WORK newsletter, including at our webpage http://www.ergo-work.eu/ .

 

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ERGO WORK in “Meetings with Business” (Poland, 13 March 2014)

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The initiative of Meetings with Business, this year was held on 13th March 2014, and came from business people. Five years ago one of the previous students of the Faculty of Management asked me whether the Faculty could organise a seminar or a conference for managers of small and medium enterprises who did not have easy access to the latest knowledge. He represented a group of colleagues who wanted to discover more about corporate social responsibility. Believing that it was a very interesting idea I arranged a meeting with the Dean of the Faculty where a decision was taken to organise the first Meeting with Business “Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Aspects of Business” which took place in March 2009. We did not expect a very big audience, and were pleasantly surprised when about 70 business people appeared, including the president of the Eastern Chamber of Commerce. Since then the Chamber has become involved in the project in three ways: 1) co financing it, 2) delegating managers who present their best practices, and 3) proposing topics for the conference. Three years ago the Chamber signed an agreement with the Faculty stating the conditions of the collaboration concerning Meetings with Business (and also other events, but everything started with Meetings). So far we have had five editions of the event, which is held annually: “Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Aspects of Business”, “Benchmarking and the Process of Learning in an Organisation”, “Public Relations as an Art of Creating Good Relations with the Stakeholders of an Organisation”, “Human Resources – their Use and Development”, “Innovation in Business”, and "Business Challenges". The last Meetings attracted over 100 participants both managers and academics, from foreign and Polish universities, and even though various business challenges were shown and discussed, the ERGO WORK project stimulated the greater interest which will go much further beyond the event, as some business people decided to investigate the possibilities of employing disabled people, even though they hadn't thought about that before. (Grazyna O’Sullivan)

 

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The ILO Global Business and Disability Network introduced the new infographics video

 

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network introduced the new infographics video - The Ability Factor - this short visual shows the many ways in which people with disabilities represent an untapped pool of skills that can enhance virtually any business. People with disabilities face great barriers in employment beyond physical obstacles with stereotypes and misconceptions hampering their contribution to the world of work.

 

The video, which was jointly produced by the ILO Global Business and Disability Network and the ILO/International Finance Corporation programme, Better Work can be viewed here:

 

http://goo.gl/iBk0Od or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0lt0KFhUek (French and Spanish subtitles available)

Audio Description Version (in English): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mktLKnQb47M

 

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Partnership meeting 2 in Maribor, Slovenia (22-23 May 2014)

 

The next partnership meeting will be in Slovenia, the originating country for three of the partners, including the coordinator.

 

The aim of the meeting will be:

  • To evaluate the content of the five curriculum supplementary modules;
  • To set the conditions for innovative pilot projects at companies (definition of target groups, selection of targeted products and work places, persons with disabilities and students involved in the working multidisciplinary groups etc.);
  • To plan the implementation of the innovative pilot projects;
  • To plan further dissemination, promotion and evaluation activities.

 

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AHFE 2014 - 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics in Krakow, Poland (19-23 July 2014)

 

We are glad to be able to announce that ERGO WORK project is going to be represented at the AHFE 2014 conference. An academic paper, representing collaborative effort between the 3 academic partners has been accepted for publication. The work will be presented by polish partner, University of Siedlce, and will cover:

  • The importance of ergonomics in the context of employment of people with disabilities, workplace and job design;
  • The social responsibility need for the work;
  • The picture in the three partner countries, based on previous research and knowledge of our partner universities in Poland, Slovenia and United Kingdom;
  • Exploration of variation across Europe;
  • The workplace needs of persons with disabilities and the need for improved ergonomics education.

More about the conference can be seen at http://www.ahfe2014.org/files/CFP_2014.pdf.

 

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Meetings with Business „Business Challenges”, Siedlce, Poland, (13th March 2014)

 

Meetings with Business is an International Conference and Workshop organized annually (sixth edition) by the Faculty of Economic and Legal Sciences of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, Poland, in collaboration with the Eastern Chamber of Commerce. Its goal is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Over 100 participants are expected this year, among them business people and academics from Polish and foreign universities. The ERGO WORK project will be presented in the context of modern business challenges. All three Polish partners (University, Łuksja and Medical and Diagnostic Centre) are going to participate as well as a representative of the University of Maribor (prof. Vojko Potočan).

More about Meetings with Business: http://www.wnep.uph.edu.pl

 

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International Congress INFAD-G21 in Zamora, Spain (12-14 February 2014)

 

The congress on active and healthy ageing is organised by the Spanish partner INFAD in Zamora, Spain. INFAD is a network of universities, research centres, companies and other entities and as such among other promotes networking, dissemination and exchange of good practices. There are more than 100 participants expected at the congress and this is the first event of such size, importance and wide target audiance that ERGO WORK is going to be presented at.

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Coordinators’ meeting in Brussels (23-24 January 2014)

 

OZARA d.o.o. as a coordinator of the ERGO WORK project has attended the Erasmus coordinators’ meeting, organized by EACEA in Brussels. The two-day meeting was a good opportunity to meet other coordinators, get to know other projects, to get in details informed about administration and financial rules of Erasmus programme, and last but not least, to carry out a networking for possible future project cooperation.

 

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Initial Meeting within the framework of the ERGO WORK project

 

On the 27th, 28th and 29th November 2013 the inital meeting was convened in Coventry, hosted by Coventry University. The purpose of the meeting:

  • setting the foundations for successfully implementing the project,
  • presentations by the partners,
  • overview of the work and time-plan,
  • contractual arrangements, financial and administration rules set out by the EACEA,
  • preparations for implementing WPs 2 and 3 dedicated to analysing the partner countries and the developing of supplementary modules within the framework of the Ergonomics Curriculum,
  • promotion, dissemination, and evaluation of the project.

 

As the nature of the project is closely connected to workplace ergonomy 2, study visits were organised within the framework of the Initial Meeting in order to exchange experiences and to learn more about the best practice examples in the field of workplace ergonomy for persons with disabilities. The study visits are presented in the furter texts.

 

Hereward College

The purpose of this visit was the presentation of experts, tools, equipment and facilities, as well as those adaptations available for providing accessibility for persons with disabilities. The visit was facilitated by Paul Doyle, Head of Access, Research, and Development. The partners were shown a centre dedicated to identifying difficulties and hurdles within education encompassing training, employment, and the independent lives of individuals. In addition various technical solutions, different funding opportunities at the national level dedicated to the support of persons with disabilities within the process of labour market integration were explained, as well as best practice examples within the field of adaptive working environments and workplaces for persons with disabilities.

 

The visit included the following:

  • The Assessment Centre with examples of ergonomically designed means of work,
  • A building entirely accessible for wheelchair users,
  • Classrooms accessible for wheelchair users with additional aids for dyslectic students,
  • A fully accessible drama studio with a back of house lighting/mixing console area,
  • A fully accessible television studio, and a fully equipped music studio with mixing desks,
  • Art rooms with computers for digital art,
  • A physiotherapy department with the focus being on improving students' capacities,
  • Standing aids available for encouraging wheelchair users to stand for certain periods during the day.

 

Severn Trent Water

This company focuses on the provision, removal and treatment of water at both national and international levels. It employs more than 5,500 people from different fields. The purpose of the visit, led by Wendy McClay a Health and Safety Advisor, was a demonstration of an employer focusing on the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities The building is 3 years old and provides a perfect example of a new building where great care had been taken to design and build inclusive and accessible workplaces.

 

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