Latvia

  1. SOCIAL INTEGRATION STATE AGENCY (SIVA)

Training and study support.

Students with disabilities can receive socio-psychological and medical aid for successful integration into society and the labour market during the training:

-A psychologist and a social worker counselling and training;

-Occupational physician, rehab, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and other professional advice;

-Caregiver assistance;

-Career counselling assistance for ensurement and placement in the place of practice.

The social and psychological support

Better professional skills, language skills, computer skills, mutual communication, the ability to integrate and work as a team, creates a more competitive labour market. This cycles upgrade different classes.

-In classes: What is career? and What do I want? Learners discuss the motivations, interests, needs and values.

-Classes: What are my skills? and What can I do? are clarified skills and abilities, draws conclusions about what is upgradable to ability, interests and previous experience combined competence improvement.

-In classes: What should I do to be successful in the labour market? students examine the labour market, get acquainted with the news advertisements, prepare CV and a motivation letter, go to job interviews with an aim to present himself/herself to practices and workplaces.

Medical Support

SIVA organize and carry out emergency medical care in Jurmala vocational high school students and college students SIVA.

SIVA create an individual rehabilitation plan and ensure its implementation, through regular expert advice and lessons, both individually and in groups.

Field Trips

These trips are organized for students to get to know the work environment and the companies nearby cultural environment, organize field trips to Latvian companies like Līgatne paper factory, Ltd. Diana candles Ventspils, Baltic Candles Ltd. Headphones, sawmill Vika Wood, fish factory Roja FCT, Tērvetes Tervete brewery, John Braun wine production facility in Limbaži.

2.                           COMPANY “OPEN DOOR” DAYS

In cooperation with the portal Prakse.lv there is a tradition of students participating businesses open door days.

“Open Door” days is an opportunity for students to learn more about the company's work on a daily basis and to get to know the company's internal environment.

Internship opportunities with the European Funds

The European Social Fund project "Initial Vocational Education Programme Quality Improvement in Jurmala Vocational Secondary School" support 2010 / 2011th school year 65 pupils had a chance to take the qualifying practice of 49 companies.

By participating in mobility project of Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci, SIVA gained experience and qualifying practice abroad.

3.                           EMPLOYMENT STATE AGENCY

For unemployed

Acquiring informal education with the coupon method.

Aim of the project:

To give the unemployed and job seekers an opportunity to improve competiveness;

To ensure the ability to adjust to the changing labour market demand;

To increase possibility for the unemployed and job seekers to integrate in the labour market.

Informal education programmes are available for both unemployed and job seekers with inadequate, insufficient skills for the changing labour market demands resulting in difficulty to find a job.

Employment State agency adapt courses for unemployed, so that person with disability can attend to them. For example, if a deaf person is interested in any of the courses, which are offered, Employment State agency offers translation for people with hearing difficulties, assistant for person with vision impairments etc. Employment State agency also offers to make the space of learning accessible, if there is need for that. Also, people in wheelchairs are offered to use accessible transportation to the place of studies.

There is grant of 711 euros for each person to make their study environment accessible and comfortable. This grant is given out after conclusion of ergo therapist.

The courses, which Employment State agency offers are various. Starting with computer sciences, confectioner etc.

For employed

Competitiveness-increasing activities

Competitiveness-increasing activities is focused on the unemployed, job seekers and people at risk of unemployment in promoting the competitiveness of the labour market.

It includes individual counselling and group sessions (courses, seminars, lectures), job search methods of learning, psychological support and the labour market and the necessary basic skills training.

Rates:

National language skills development, business writing skills, psychological barriers removal of foreigners learning the state language, the use of E-services, own website creation, learning about how to learn, negotiation management and the art of argumentation, public speech skill building, self-confidence and awareness of their individuality, self-serving, the business fundamentals (SIA, micro-enterprises, self-employment, etc.), Business Accounting and Taxes, Project Management Basics, Self-employed persons Legal Basis and accounting principles, Business plan creation Basics, Computer Literacy and Internet Basics.

Seminars (8 academic hours):

Household and family budgeting, information on the endowment, Learning motivation role, How to effectively find a job - overcoming psychological barriers, job search, job evaluation and initiation of labor relations, Disability rights and opportunities in the Latvian labour market, CV and cover letter preparation, job vacancies website usage (including video CV creation), How to prepare for a job interview, Job Search in sparsely populated areas, including: - Activating social networking in a job search process, Skills to work in conditions of change, Prolonged unemployment impact on competitiveness on the labour market and the state guaranteed pension amount, Communication skills development and communication challenges, Emotional intelligence, Work rights, Administrative Procedure Basics, Youth in the labour market, Workshop objectives or correct targets and their achievement, Labour relations in an intercultural environment. 

Lectures (5 academic hours):

Social rights, Safety in the workplace, State and local government functions, the operational objectives of the rights of individuals and the scope of obligations, Stress and its management, Business Relations Culture. 

Individual consultations (1 academic hour):

Psychologist, Lawyer, Psychotherapist, Business Plan Consultant, Credit and tax consultant. 

Event organization is carried out in accordance with:

  • Labour Law;
  • Unemployed and Job Seekers Support Law;
  • Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 75 of 25 January 2011 "Regulations on active employment measures and preventive unemployment reduction measures for the organization and financing arrangements and measures implementing the principles of choice." 

Unemployment at risk of the individual consultations and group sessions for at least three days before the measure in question on presentation of identity documents to register at the employment agent SEA branch. 

The same rules apply for these courses for employed. Employment State agency adapt courses for employed, so that person with disability can attend them. For example, if a deaf person is interested in any of the courses, which are offered, Employment State agency provides surdo translation for people with hearing difficulties, assistant for person with vision impairments etc. Employment State agency also offers to make the space of learning accessible, if there is need for that. Also, people in wheelchairs are offered to use accessible transportation to the place of studies.

There is grant of 711 euros for each person to make their study environment accessible and comfortable. This grant is given out after conclusion of ergo therapist.