The Voluntary Society of Disabled People in East Kazakhstan has opened a centre for business initiatives at the request of local disabled residents. The centre will help people with disabilities find jobs and run their businesses, according to information from the Information Centre of the East Kazakhstan region.
The business centre is a joint project of the Department of Coordination of Employment and Social Programmes in East Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme. The centre also offers training courses concerning relevant labour market areas, as well as organises business consulting on state programmes, such as Employment Roadmap 2020, Business Road Map 2020 and provides office jobs and supports entrepreneurs.
“The idea of creating a business centre has emerged in connection with the fact that today there are more than 58,000 disabled persons in East Kazakhstan and 15,000 of them are able to work. People with disabilities, especially young people, have a desire to develop themselves, but at the same time they have no opportunity to find a job,” said Aizhan Sadykova, head of the department.
It should be noted that the business centre is currently training 68 people, 28 of them are from villages and cities in East Kazakhstan who will receive diplomas in massage, stone cutting, web design, carpentry, tailoring and hairstyling.