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Prince Mired visits a number of factories employing people with disabilities

2019-03-07

HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, president of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), visited a number of clothing companies as part of the Al-Dhulail Industrial Complex to witness first hand spme of the pioneering initiatives in the field of inclusive employment.

Prince Mired commended the efforts exerted by the Institute of Arab Creators and Entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Labor and the Directorate of Al-Dulayl Industrial Complex.

Commending such initiatives, the Prince stressed the need to increase the number of persons with disabilities working in the private sector in different positions and jobs.

Khalid Kharabsheh, Director of the Initiative, said: "80% of persons with disabilities enrolled in factories in Al-Dhulail region have been trained through the Institute of Arab Creators and Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization that has been working on the training and employment of persons with disabilities since 2016 in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Jordanian Garments.

 

The Institute works in coordination with the Ministry of Labor in Al-Dhulail to promote and disseminate the available vacancies, in addition to training persons with disabilities through specialized trainers and human development specialists. Institute personnel and specialists also work to clarify the nature of the various jobs and their advantages, as well as raising awareness of the legislation governing labor through a simple explanation of the Jordanian Labor Law And the Social Security Law. The Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities No. 20 for the Year 2017 will be included in the training program held by the Institute for a period of 6 days.

The factories targeted by the visit are the most active in the employing of persons with disabilities, as well as being the most accessible with staff and employers also providing the required reasonable accommodation.

The vacancies filled by persons with disabilities in those factories varied from support or administrative positions, such as packaging and machine assistants to supervisory positions, including those of the Assistant Director of the Information Technology Department, the Production Supervisor, and others.

 

It is noteworthy to mention here that the number of persons with disabilities who were appointed in those factories in 2017 was 43 out of 52 trainees. In 2018 that figure rose to 54 employees out of 55 trainees.