Brussels, 16th of November – Based on a study in 26 companies with an inclusive team and the publication of a White Paper, Antwerp Management School and HEC Liège present a scan with which employers can check the extent to which their company is ready to attract people with intellectual disabilities. With the ID@Work test on www.inclusieophetwerk.be, companies receive information tailored to their needs about accompaniment and contributions.
According to the European Labor Force Survey, the active Belgian population (18-64) will fill up 58,84% of the total population. The people over 65 will take up 20,88%, while the youngsters (0-17) will only be 20,27% of the population. Despite the increasing retirement age, the inflow becomes smaller than the outflow. If we want to reach an employment rate of 73,2% in the age class of 20-64 in 2020 (Europe dictates 75%, the prognosis for Belgium is 69,5%), we must have 244.000 additional employees. Above that, the replacement rate of the people above 50, spread over the whole country for the period of 2019-2014, will count 626.103 people (Projection Model workability).
We are shifting to a ‘hunt for talent’ and our companies must be able to address and utilize all talents in the future. One of the solutions is to guide people with intellectual disabilities to a normal economic circuit. That’s what ID@Work is all about. Based on a study in 26 companies with an inclusive team and the publication of a White Paper, Antwerp Management School and HEC Liège present a scan with which employers can check the extent to which their company is ready to attract people with intellectual disabilities. Participation provides you with immediate feedback and an elaborate profile with advice and recommendations based on your needs. And completely free. A boost for all employers who want to offer inclusive work for people with an intellectual disability.
The test is available in Dutch and French and is embedded in the sites: inclusieophetwerk.be and inclusionautravail.be. Next to a scan, they also contain useful information, news about the project, and stories of various companies who now already have employed people with an intellectual disability.
The test results will be used (anonymously) to create a coaching plan for employers next year. This happens in collaboration with experienced partners, like Synerjob, Aviq, and Fegob. Furthermore, Antwerp Management School and HEC Liège, have the ambition to organize an HR Master Class which enables personnel managers to follow extra courses focusing on inclusive work, especially employees with intellectual disabilities.
The demographic pressure is not the only argument to lead an employee with an intellectual disability to a normal economic circuit. ID@Work considers other advantages as well.
When it comes to society, it can provide Maggie De Block’s plans to diminish the amount of people with the status of chronically ill with additional chances of success. This category includes people with intellectual disabilities who want to work, but because of several reasons, keep getting stuck in the system. Above that, they risk to lose themselves in a precarious financial situation. The sickness benefit of disabled employees who are incapacitated for over a year lies 23% beneath the poverty threshold on average.
When it comes to companies, the bonusses are a financial support, while the social engagement and the societal responsibility have a positive effect on the company’s image. Values which could make the difference in a globalized commercial world with low-wage countries and dumping risks. Additionally, the switch to inclusive work will lead to the questioning of certain processes, habits, and systems. This will turn out to be an enriching experience for companies.
When it comes to people, we all have to gain from a more inclusive world. It brings people together and breaks taboos. Above that, employed people with intellectual disabilities contribute to a greater autonomy which benefits the health sector.
Be sure to check:
Anouk Van Hoofstadt, Project Manager ID@Work, firstname.lastname@example.org, T +32 475 94 36 99