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Expert seminar II: employment and disability

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The second Nordic expert seminar on employment and disability


Wednesday the 19th of April 2017, 09:00-17:30.
Network dinner 18:30-21.00.


Oslo, Norway
Oslo and Akershus University College, Pilestredet 46 (expert seminar)
Thon Hotell Opera, Dronning Eufemias gate 4 (network dinner)


Welcome to this seminar aimed to discuss examples of best practice and suggest areas and projects that should be prioritized in the The Nordic Council of Ministers’ next sector programme for labour. The main headlines for the seminar is Intersectoral Cooperation and The Employer as a Change Agent.

The seminar is funded by The Nordic Council of Ministers, and organized by Nordic Welfare Centre and Oslo and Akershus University College’s Centre for Work Inclusion. A following network dinner will be arranged at Thon Hotel Opera.


The seminar is open for invited experts only. We expect participants from all the Nordic countries, representing The Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Labour, the national ministries of Labour and Welfare Affairs, Council of Nordic cooperation on disability, disability NGOs, research institutes and the welfare, education and business sectors in the Nordic region. Experts and administrative staff from Nordic Welfare Centre and Oslo and Akershus University College will also participate.


  • Learn about succesful Nordic projects
  • Network with experts
  • Participate in the development of recommendations to the official Nordic cooperation on labour


Moderator: Ted Bergdahl 
Ted is a skilled moderator, with experience from PR, Swedish politics and media. Read more about Ted here: www.tedbergdahl.se

09:00 Opening

  • Welcome (Centre for Work Inclusion)
  • Why this expert seminar? (Nordic Welfare Centre)
  • Short introduction to official Nordic cooperation on employment and disability (Nordic Council of Ministers)

Session 1: Intersectoral cooperation

09:30 Best practice in the Nordic region I

  • Anne Hodnefjeld, director, Centre for Work Inclusion (Norway): Cooperation between researchers and labor market authorities
  • Vigdís Jónsdóttir, manager, VIRK (Iceland): Intersectoral cooperation based on collaboration between unions and employers
  • Päivi Mattila-Wiro, programme director, The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Finland): Government key project on career opportunities for persons with partial work ability
  • Q&A in English and Scandinavian

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Round table discussions in English and Scandinavian

12:15 Presentation of round table results

12:45 Lunch

Session 2: The employer as a change agent

13:45 Best practice in the Nordic region II

  • Siri Koch-Larsen, project manager, City of Oslo (Norway): A municipal trainee programme for people with disabilities
  • Morten Wulf, project manager, ”Klar til start” (Denmark): Improving the working skills of youth with autism by practice in Fakta grocery stores
  • Ingrid Ihme, director, Telenor Open Mind (Norway): Norway’s largest work training programme integrating people with work disabilities in regular working life
  • Short break (5 min)
  • Example from Sweden
  • Example from Latvia
  • Q&A in English and Scandinavian
  • 15:45 Coffee break

16:00 Round table discussions in English and Scandinavian

17:00 Presentation of round table resultsSeminar feedback and evaluationWhat’s next?

17:30 End of program

18:30 Network dinner


Kompetansesenter for arbeidsinkludering (Centre for Work Inclusion) 

Nordic welfare centre (Nordens välfärdscenter)


Start: 2017-04-19 - kl 09:00
Slut: 2017-04-19 - kl 17:30
Oslo and Akershus University College Pilestredet 46 (expert seminar)
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