With the aim to improve employment opportunities through ergonomics education in respect to the employment of people with disabilities, the ERGO WORK project aims to:

  • Improve HEI-B cooperation (“Knowledge Triangle”),
  • Improve learning and teaching methods and contents within Ergonomics for more competent, skilled students in the field (“New Skills for New Jobs”),
  • Support equal employment opportunities, universal design and quality working environment for all employees, including persons with disabilities (“Social Cohesion”).

 

Main objectives of the project are:

  • Analysing existing Curricula in the field of Ergonomics and Universal Design in partnership countries;
  • Analysing the companies’ attitude, interest and needs concerning employing and organising work places for persons with disabilities (PWD);
  • Updating the existing Curriculum in Ergonomics in Slovenia and Poland with 5 specific Supplementary Modules (4 on specific PWD needs, 1 on Management of Universal design);
  • Preparing the Recommendations for Multidisciplinary Curriculum Ergonomics;
  • Forming 4 Multidisciplinary groups consisting of students, professors and company staff working together on concrete product, work programme design and work place design for persons with disabilities;
  • Implementing 2 Pilot projects in Slovenia for the development of new products and new work programmes resulting in new work places for persons with disabilities (within 2 partner and 1 associated partner companies);
  • Implementing at least 2 Pilot projects in Poland for re-organisation of existing work places in a human friendly, ergonomic way, adapted also to persons with disabilities (within 2 partner and 2 non-partner companies;
  • Carrying out an intensive dissemination and promotion campaign, especially amongst companies, in order to promote knowledge exchange in the field of Ergonomics and Universal design, HEI-B cooperation, students as future experts in the field, PWD adapted work places design and employability of persons with disabilities.

 

The long-term objective aligned with the Article 27 of UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities, 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 project will follow the long term objective with valorisation and sustainability campaign by addressing relevant system and policy making institutions on European level and national levels, in order to contribute to the adoption of more multidisciplinary Curricula Ergonomics in European countries, as well as to contribute to an increased number of adapted work places.