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Factsheet for case SK-2018-1/1186 – measures in Slovakia

Help with heart: Labour market re-integration for disabled workers

Výpomoc so srdcom

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 January 2018
Type Company practices
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Rastislav Bednarik, Ludovit Cziria, Daniela Keselova, Miroslava Kordosova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Case created 25 September 2020 (updated 27 November 2020)

Background information

A programme developed by the recruitment company Profesia has been implemented since 2018. However in spring 2020 its activities were adapted to the new circumstances and the national epidemiological measures. Within the programme, Profesia cooperates with other organisations, particularly, the Institute for professional rehabilitation or the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union. The programme’s goal is to help people with disabilities to gain a job, retain or return to the employment in the open labour market. The programme includes persons with all types of disabilities with the focus on more serious ones (such as intellectual disability, autism, Asperger syndrome, people with hearing impairment). The main activity is the position of Assistance of job inclusion, which has been performed on a voluntary basis without any regulatory background, yet. There is an effort of the programme provider to include this position to the legislation.

Content of measure

Within the programme the recruitment company Profesia offers the employers the free of charge access to CVs of applicants with disabilities and informs employers on the process of inclusion at the workplace.  The support of the job-seeker with disabilities consists of:

  • The career guidance (abilities and possibilities mapping, help with CV, job search and job interview training – either face-to-face or online)
  • The training for the particular employment (guidance during the trial period, inclusion at the workplace, setting the supervision at the employer)

The support is provided by the position of the Assistant for the job inclusion. The assistant supports and helps the job-seeker to be prepared for the job interview and advocates for him/her to be employed, retain to workplace or return to employment.

The support also includes motivation videos of persons with disabilities already employed. These videos and also online counselling and communication seem to be the main activities during pandemic in spring 2020. According to communication with Profesia, career motivation videos have been published for pupils and students with disabilities. Also the Research Institute of Child Psychology and Patopsychology (VUDPaP) uses these videos in its career guidance National project. Two more videos were being finalised in October 2020.

Use of measure

According to communication with Profesia, there were about 1,600 CVs of applicants with disabilities in the database of Profesia company by 30 September 2020. It makes about 2% of all CVs in the company's database.

There were 16 clients in Help with heart programme in spring 2020. Regarding the particular companies, by the end of September 2020 four employees in Curaden went back to work after spring lockdown and one person will be employed at Bratislava Municipality.

In the school year 2019/2020, there were 14 secondary vocational school students with disabilities performing their paid practical training in Johnson Controls. They did not return back to the company since the cooperation between Johnson Controls and two secondary vocational schools has been interrupted.

There have been 30 new employees with disabilities being prepared for a shipping and delivery service company.


  • Employment retention
  • Other topics
  • Solidarity
  • Training and employability

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Disabled workers
Applies to all businesses Disabled

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


There is no information on social partners' involvement in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.

Views and reactions

There is no information on social partner's views on / reactions to the measure.



Eurofound (2020), Help with heart: Labour market re-integration for disabled workers, case SK-2018-1/1186 (measures in Slovakia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.