Enhancing employability of people with disabilities

24 January 2019

•	Investment in professional development of people with disabilities 
•	86 persons with disabilities trained to build a successful career

BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Shah Deniz (SD), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) – AzACG-SOCAR, AzSD-SOCAR, AzSCP-SOCAR, TPAO, PETRONAS, AzBTC-SOCAR, Chevron, Lukoil, NICO, Statoil, Inpex, ExxonMobil, SGC Upstream, SGC Midstream, Itochu, ONGC, TOTAL, ENI - today celebrated the successful completion of the project which they supported to help enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Azerbaijan.

The project aimed to develop skills and capabilities of the targeted people through trainings and other specialised activities. The training programme mainly focused on enhancing the English language, computer and soft skills.

Throughout the implementation of the project BP and its co-venturers worked closely with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population and the State Employment Centres combining their efforts with those of business organizations and enterprises to explore and identify internship and employment opportunities for the participants in the project. To achieve this goal, a successful job fair was arranged last December in which the participants were brought together with around 40 employer organisations to discuss what opportunities existed for them upon completion of the training programme.  

The project results:

  • As of today, 22 participants are employed by various organisations or self-employed (this also includes people who had jobs prior to the programme);
  • Eight participants attended internship programmes at various hotels in Baku;
  • Up to 10 participants have received initial offers for remote works and employment;
  • In addition,  BP is working on a special work placement programme to provide an opportunity for selected participants in the project to engage in an international working environment practicing their new skills and learning from experienced BP staff.

This was a one-year project which was implemented by the British Council and was completed at the end of 2018.    

The total value of the project was more than 400,000 AZN.

Notes to editors:

The success of BP’s and its co-venturers’ projects in the Caspian region includes creating tangible benefits from these projects for the people of the region. To achieve this, BP and its co-venturers implement major social investment programmes, which include educational projects, building skills and capabilities in local communities, improving access to social infrastructure in communities, supporting local enterprises through provision of access to finance and training, support for cultural legacy and sport, as well as technical assistance to public institutions.

In 2018, BP and the co-venturers in BP-operated joint ventures spent more than $4.1 million in Azerbaijan alone on social investment and sponsorship projects.

BP (on behalf of the co-venturers in the joint ventures that it operates) will continue their social investment initiatives in support of local capacity-building and enterprise development throughout Azerbaijan to assist the country in strengthening its economy.

Further information:
BP Press Office, Baku: +994 12 525 5895