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Modern businesses rely on diverse perspectives, skills and insights from across the societal spectrum to serve a broad customer base. Telenor is no different.

Telenor Open Mind is a unique job training programme that provides employment opportunities for people with physical disabilities or mental health challenges. It is currently operational in Telenor Norway, Pakistan and Sweden (in Telenor Norway’s case, Open Mind features additional funds to ensure access to career opportunities for immigrants from non-European countries).

The programme welcomes applications* from people with a physical disability, hearing or vision impairment or challenges related to mental health. Ultimately, the objective of Open Mind is to give the participants the opportunity to gain valuable experience that will strengthen their chances of gaining access to working life through relevant work practice and training.

Open Mind participant, Ana Paula Maia Tanajura Ellefsen, and leader of Open Mind Norway, Ingrid Ihme.
Open Mind participant, Ana Paula Maia Tanajura Ellefsen, and leader of Open Mind Norway, Ingrid Ihme.

Open Mind in Norway

Open Mind began in Norway. Launched in 1996, Open Mind in Norway is a two-fold programme that serves both people with disabilities and, since 2010, non-EU immigrants. The programme has been led by Ingrid Ihme since 1998.

Described by one former participant as “a platform where you can build your self-esteem and learn how to work around challenges,” Open Mind in Norway has welcomed 344 participants in its 24 years . That consists of 261 through the programme for the disabled and 83 through the immigrant programme, of which 52 per cent and 75 per cent respectively have gone on to secure full-time positions inside or outside the company. Intakes for Open Mind in Norway are held twice a year, in spring and autumn. Current subject relevance areas for applicants to the programme include IT, human resources, economics, administration, sales, networking, business and communications.

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Open Mind participants from Pakistan

Open Mind in Pakistan

Open Mind Pakistan is a unique management trainee programme that has grown into an industry best practice for organisations striving to become more diverse and inclusive. Since its inception in 2013 at Telenor Pakistan, more than 90 people have attended the Open Mind programme, learning as well as contributing in their respective roles. So far, two out of three graduates are successfully working at Telenor Pakistan or at a larger network of employers, an excellent ratio in view of the prevalent job conditions in Pakistan.

After making the programme an integral part of Telenor Pakistan’s culture through consecutive runs and iterative improvements, Telenor Pakistan has in collaboration with partners developed and launched the Disability Job Centre, Pakistans’s first ever job portal for providing livelihood opportunities to people with disabilities.

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Open Mind in Sweden

Telenor Sweden’s Open Mind programme started in 2007, supporting ambitious participants in developing their professional competence with relevant workplace training and acting as a springboard into professional life for persons with disabilities. Since 2012, Open Mind has also been running its programme in Telenor outlets in many different regions of Sweden.

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Open Mind in Myanmar

In 2020, Telenor Myanmar, in collaboration with the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, established Telenor’s fourth Open Mind programme. Open Mind in Myanmar offers candidates a one-year contract consisting of two months of training and a 10-month position as an employee at Telenor Myanmar. The programme’s first three participants, Wai Wai Aung, Myo Min Htet, Nu Htwe Win, were welcomed at the programme launch in January 2020.

*Potential candidates can apply through their local Telenor Open Mind office. Candidates residing outside the countries where the programme is offered are not eligible.