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In the period between 2019- 2020, three training sessions for the inexperienced job seekers with a visual impairment were held in Montenegro. Trainings are a part of the project activities carried out by the European Blind Union, through the activity of ADVISE.( Aiding Young Visually Impaired Seeking Employment) In the period between Dec 2018- May 2020, 4 countries, Spain, Austria, Poland and Montenegro participated.
In Montenegro, two trainings were held in 2019, first on May 15, second on July 18, and one training on June 19, 2020. Third training was planned for March 2020, but the situation with the COVID-19 postponed the training.
The training coach was Katarina Bigović. All three trainings were attended by twenty four visually impaired persons, fourteen of them were partially sighted, and ten were blind.
A lot of people have found a job. We created a Viber group after every training and had continuous communication on a daily basis, with a few face to face meetings.
At the trainings we had guests, visually impaired persons with an experience in the field of employment, who talked about good and bad practice and how to communicate with employers and employees.
We distributed a manual to all participants in three formats, audio, Braille, large print, and we also sent them via e-mail.
Seven people have found a job, and a lot of them are on the way to being employed.
A lot of young visually impaired persons were interested by the activity, and the results certainly reward the work at the trainings.
Katarina Bigović, Savez slijepih Crne Gore