Pakistan has announced call for entries for its sixth batch of Open Mind Pakistan, a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind trainee program aimed at enhancing employability of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through skill development, mentoring and on-job training.
After a thorough screening process, 18 shortlisted people with special needs will be given functional and on-job training for three months at Telenor Pakistan. After evaluation, shortlisted candidates will be offered an extended 9-month contract to complete their one-year training program.
“Since the past five years, Open Mind Pakistan has been breaking barriers and enabling people with special needs by polishing their skills through on-job coaching and mentoring,” said Lene Gaathaug, Chief Human Resource Officer at Telenor Pakistan. “The program has translated Telenor Pakistan’s ambitions into concrete outcomes with the graduates proving themselves as an integral part of the society by contributing their best to the organizational as well as national development. We are immensely proud of how Open Mind has grown into a best practice for organizations across industries looking to become more diverse and inclusive.”
Under Open Mind Pakistan, so far 73 trainees have graduated and 32 have been hired in various organizations nationwide. This one-of-a-kind skill development program has a list of success stories including Romella Hameed who secured a job in Sydney, Australia; Zain Ahmed Malik who is serving in Pakistan Merchant Navy as an electrical engineer and Wamiq Hasan & Abdul Qadir who are running a successful startup ‘DeafTawk’ recognized by the Institute of Engineering &Technology (IET) and National Incubation Center(NIC).
Telenor Pakistan is the first business unit outside the Nordics to strategically take up the initiative and demonstrate promising results. Applications for Open Mind Trainee Program are open till November 25th, 2018 and can be submitted online via this link: