European Union and UNDP support inclusive employment in Mongolia

December 8, 2022

One of the key barriers for people with disabilities in Mongolia to get employed is lack of vocational education and training stemming from non-inclusive curriculum and learning environment.

To address this gap and support inclusive employment for both employee and employers, the training curricula were developed for the first time in Mongolia for archivists and office assistants, e-service staff, and support service worker with the support from UNDP’s “SDG aligned budgeting to transform employment in Mongolia” project funded by the European Union.

Learners’ handbook for E-Service Staff

The training curricula have been piloted at the Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Center since 2021 Academic year involving a total of 28 students.

Students and teachers with the European Union Delegation and UNDP Team

When equipped with the proper skills and education in inclusive environment, students have a great potential to contribute and add value to their prospective employers.

Archivist and Office Assistant class students

The student handbooks containing a total of 22 competency units were developed with visual demonstration of sign language. During the handbook preparation, 300 new signs were developed to communicate technical words such as risk, prohibition, and more.

Handbooks with sign language glossary

Developed for the first time in Mongolia, these handbooks will provide much needed support to the students to learn and improve their skills

Davaadorj U., RVTC student

Davaadorj U., came from Uvurkhangai aimag (province), Bat-Ulzii soum (sub-provincial administrative unit) to study as an archivist, and now he is doing an internship at Khan Bank. He stays at the dormitory and commutes to Khan Bank with kind assistance from UB Cab service equipped to transport clients with wheelchairs.

Khaliunaa N., RVTC student

N.Khaliunaa from Ulaanbaatar city is currently having her internship at the General Agency for Development of People with Disability as a secretary.

(from left) L.Otgon, E-Service and Sh.Munkhzaya, Archivist teachers

Total of 93 specialists were involved in the development of this specific training curriculum, including specialized trainers, people with disabilities, consultants from sector NGOs and training institutions and employers.

Samples of E-Service students’ works

People with disabilities find that the most challenging thing for them to find a decent job is lack of accessibility. Until this issue is resolved, one possible solution is to get specialized in jobs that can be performed from home.

Handcrafts made by the students

Ecologically friendly and unique products handcrafted by the students are sold at the designated retail shops in Ulaanbaatar. Students also work at school workshops on tailored orders received from tourists and locals.