ASTANA – The Employment Centre of the Astana Akimat (city administration) recently hosted a job fair for people with disabilities in order to provide them with job opportunities.
“It is the third year we have held a job fair for people with disabilities. Every year, the interest in this event is growing from both the employers and citizens. Today, more than 30 organisations are presented here, which are interested in the employment of persons with disabilities,” said Olzhas Omar, director of the employment centre of the Astana akimat.
According to him, people whose physical abilities are limited have become increasingly interested in the conditions and special programmes for the disabled and they often attend such exhibitions and come to meet and talk to each other.
“As a rule, jobs at such fairs are provided by small- and medium-sized businesses, [such as from the service sector], catering, shops as well as government agencies. For example, the call-centre 1414 very actively invites people with disabilities,” Omar said.
The centre tracks the employment activity of citizens as well as where they work and how faithfully an employer behaves. Statistics show that about 60 percent of those who receive jobs through the centre are women. In 2014, 90 people with disabilities found jobs, according to statistics.