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What is Profesia Lab?

Profesia Lab is a space for meaningful cooperation between employers, non-government organizations, schools, and HR and career advisors with a common goal: increasing the employment of people with disabilities in competitive labor market.

We launched our pilot year in January 2023 with 98 job seekers with various disabilities, 6 community partners and 12 employers.

These job seekers are members of the Help from the Heart program and students of the United Boarding School on Dúbravska road 1 in Bratislava. They undergo six months of training social and communication skills for the workplace (called the ASSET program). In the month of May this involves excursions to companies where they can try out manual, administrative, assistant and technical work. If the applicant shows an interest in one of the companies afterwards, they can then apply for an internship.

Among the employers are companies of various sizes, as well as the local government. Internship opportunities are being offered in Bratislava, Nitra, Košice and other locales depending on the applicant’s place of residence.

The entire process is outlined in the Guide to Profesia Lab.