Regional Government of Madrid hires young people with intellectual disabilities for work experience with Metro for the first time
The Regional Government of Madrid is offering, for the first time, the chance to carry out work experience with Metro de Madrid for young people with intellectual disabilities. This is a pioneering action in the history of the underground whereby these people can perform different functions in various departments of the company as from January next year.
This was announced today by the Deputy Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, Carlos Díaz-Pache, who explained that the first students will carry out their work experience for three months in such departments as Logistics, Training and the Environment.
In the middle of the year, once the new Metro headquarters have been inaugurated, students will start to carry out their work in auxiliary departments of the company related to the provision of internal services. This initiative is the result of a collaboration agreement between Metro de Madrid and the Envera -Association of Iberia Employees, Parents of Persons with Disabilities Group, which will allow students with intellectual disabilities to be included in the group’s labour insertion plans to complete their work experience, thus fostering their labour market insertion and their gradual incorporation in different areas of society in a normalised and inclusion fashion.
The students in the Vocational Training Programme in Auxiliary Administration and General Services Operations and those students that have completed training actions in the Labour Insertion Service of the Envera Group will be able to benefit from this agreement.
The announcement was made at Embajadores station in celebration of tomorrow’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at which a mural was unveiled that reminds us of the rights of this group as contained in the International Convention.
During the event, young people from the Esfera Foundation read a manifesto and performed to promote inclusion. They also highlighted the role of the underground as a mode of transport that fosters their autonomy and as a “space in which we can all connect, express ourselves and form a society”. Their intervention concluded with a plea in favour “of a diverse society that enriches us all”.
The Esfera Foundation is an institution that works to enhance the inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities, offering different services and projects. The skills developed with the participants include the use of public transport because this involves greater personal autonomy. It also carries out actions to raise awareness in different areas to highlight the reality of this group to society. Their most recent initiative was to participate with one of the dance groups in this proposal by Metro de Madrid to promote improvements and greater accessibility of transport in Madrid.
Metro de Madrid is currently one of the most accessible undergrounds in the world. In fact, it has a total of 558 lifts and 1,711 escalators distributed throughout the network. It is currently immersed in the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2021-2028, which will mean that a further 28 Madrid underground stations join the list of fully accessible stations, with the aim of facilitating the transportation of travellers with reduced mobility. In total, 103 new lifts will be installed and 332 million euros will be invested in the project, amounting to twice the budget of the company’s previous plan for the period 2016-2020.
Once completed, 84% of stations on the metropolitan company’s network will be completely accessible. The figure at present is almost 68%. The new programme, the same as the previous one, is being defined in collaboration with CERMI of the Region of Madrid (Committee of Entities Representing Persons with Disabilities).
In parallel with the removal of physical barriers, Metro is developing the Line of Support to Enhance Autonomy – an innovative programme that includes tools to foster the accessibility of persons with disabilities and boost their autonomy through the creation of a more sustainable and inclusive transport model.