Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Høyre/Conservative Party) wants more people who are not “A4,” to work. On Monday, the government meets for an inclusive working life.
The government places a heavy burden on the meeting in Oslo related to the so-called inclusion period, the government’s commitment to getting more people into work.
“The meeting will be important in order to keep up the pressure in terms of getting more people outside, into the working life,” Isaksen tells NTB.
In addition to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs , Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Høyre), Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Nikolai Astrup (Høyre) and Minister of Culture and Equality Abid Raja (Venstre/Liberal Party) are participating.
Representatives of the employee and employer side are also among those who will be present.
“The experience of many companies that I have visited is that those who take the chance on someone who is not quite A4, get hardworking and loyal employees,” says Isaksen.
He took over the leadership of the Ministry of Labor and Social Inclusion on January 24th.
The Inclusion Day was launched in 2018 as part of the Jeløya platform and was continued in Granavolden a year ago.
Waiting for numbers
Among the goals that were launched in 2018 are that 5 per cent of new employees in the state should be persons with disabilities or so-called gaps in the CV.
“This is already being implemented,” says Isaksen.
However, the government has not set a date for when the goal should be reached. It also has no figures showing what the percentage is today, according to Isaksen.
“Reporting duty is part of the goal, so we will be able to say where we stand in the future,” he says.
More and more young people with disabilities
There has been an increase in the number of disabled people between the ages of 25 and 29 in recent years. When the Solberg government took over in 2013, there were 5,227. In 2019, by comparison, there were 11,158, according to figures from Nav.
“That’s not good enough. What worries me most are those who drop out of work permanently, or those who never come in, and especially young people with disabilities,” says Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
The inclusion cycle has three areas of focus – reduced risk for employers when hiring, strengthening the offer for job seekers with mental disorders and / or substance abuse problems, and strengthening the opportunities for training.
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