Telenor Open Mind is a unique job training programme that provides people with physical disabilities or mental health challenges a chance for employment operating in Telenor’s Business Units in Norway, Pakistan and Sweden (in Telenor Norway’s case, Open Mind features an additional stream which aids immigrants from non-European countries gain access to professional life).
The programme welcomes applications* from those with some form of physical disability, hearing or vision impairment or mental health-related challenges. Ultimately, the objective of Open Mind is to give the participants the opportunity to gain valuable experience that will strengthen their chances to gain access to working life, through relevant work practice and training.
Open Mind in Norway
This is where Open Mind began. Launched in 1998, the Norwegian chapter has welcomed 245 participants in its 22 years, 51% of whom found positions within the company or elsewhere. Helmed by the inimitable Ingrid Ihme since 1997, the programme is described by former participant as “a platform where you can build your self-esteem and learn how to work around challenges”. Open Mind in Norway (a one-year programme) is unique in that is also incorporates a work-integration programme for non-EU immigrants to the country. 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, Telecom, HR, Economics, Administration, Sales, Networking, Business and Communications.
Open Mind in Pakistan
Since its inception in 2013, Telenor Pakistan Open Mind has welcomed 73 participants. Fifty-three of those positions went on to be placed within the company and other likeminded organisations. Led by Tayyaba Arshi since 2015, Open Mind in Pakistan invites persons with disabilities to build their confidence and gain valuable professional experience. This program aligns closely with Telenor’s commitment to further build up a diverse and inclusive workforce, where all employees can realise their true potential.
Open Mind in Sweden
Telenor Sweden’s Open Mind programme aims to acts as a springboard into professional life for persons with disabilities by supporting ambitious participants in developing their professional competence with relevant workplace training. Since its beginning in 2007 the Swedish programme has seen 75% of participants find professional placements.
*Potential candidates can apply through their local Telenor Open Mind office. Candidates outside the countries where the programme is offered are not allegeable to apply.