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Social cohesion is one of the bases of economic development and sustainable growth. Combating discrimination and social exclusion on the labour market, implementation of initiatives for increased employment and education after compulsory schooling is high on our policy agenda. We focus on:

–          Combating social exclusion and discrimination on the labour market

–          Promoting gender equality, integration and diversity in a society for all

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We implement projects and research studies for increased social inclusion in the society at all, with particular focus on labour market, business sector and access to skills and education. Our activities focus on:

–          Development of social entrepreneurship in the country

–          Inclusion of less represented groups on the labour market

–          Training programmes for unemployed persons

–          Improvement of skills of different target groups including youth, women, adults and people with disability. Read more >>


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We cooperate with local authorities and other stakeholders for development and implementation of local development plans. We utilise our technical expertise in design and implementation of TNA and support measures for economic development. Together with our partners we work on:

–          Labour market surveys & LMA

–          Local employment plans, including labour market measures

–          Establishing socio-education centres. Read  more >>

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Society for all, Work places for all (SFA)

SINTEF Technology and society and SINTEF Health Research has in cooperation with the Foundation for Management and Industrial Research developed plans for a pilot phase on improving working conditions and labour market opportunities for people with disabilities.

Important SFA collaborating partners are “The Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation” (University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje) and PolioPlus (DPO) together with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

SINTEF_logo_SME-COMNET_smallThe overall objective of the project is to contribute to the social inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in local communities in Macedonia. The expected impact of this pilot phase is to give research based understanding of the conditions among employees with disabilities in Macedonia. The documentation/results from the pilot study contributes with important input to further research and actions on employment for people with disabilities in Macedonia.

The project aims to raise awareness on the importance of connection between different stakeholders (from academia, NGOs, local and national authorities, to companies and labour market organizations) and to contribute to their efforts for capacity building in the improvement of right and conditions for the disabled people in the work place. The results of the pilot study are published in the Report Workplaces for all a pilot study on employment and working conditions for people with disabilities in Macedonia.

Project is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more >>>