The City of Helsinki aims to find means to employ disabled and partially disabled persons in its own service. Good practices and means to identify and remove structural barriers will be shared in a joint panel discussion among the Metropolitan area’s cities on Tuesday, 17 November.


The City of Helsinki aims to boost its employment of people with disabilities and people with partial disabilities. On Tuesday, 17 November, a joint panel discussion will be held by the cities in the Helsinki metropolitan area to discuss good practices and the means to identify and remove structural barriers.

The promotion of hiring professional people with disabilities is part of the city’s work towards improving staff availability. The availability of personnel is a key strategic factor in realising Helsinki’s aim to be the most functional city in the world. Making the employment of people with disabilities and people with partial disabilities smoother is also among the measures designated in the city personnel’s equality and non-discrimination plan.

“By offering several different paths to positions at the City we are ensuring the availability of personnel in a variety of ways. The City needs different employees from different backgrounds. Therefore, it is important that our recruitment processes are implemented diversely and equally, with an emphasis on the actual competence of the applicants. The diversity of the City’s personnel is our strength. It facilitates high-quality services and continuous renewal, making our city even more attracting”, says Tarja Näkki, head of strategic recruitment.

Competence First: A panel discussion on the employment of professionals with disabilities

The discussion event will present good practices applied by the cities of the metropolitan area for the employment of people with various disabilities. Attendees will also identify structural barriers preventing employment and seek measures to remove them. Justus Mollberg, chair of the City of Helsinki’s Council on Disability, will open the event, and HR and employment experts from each of the metropolitan area cities will participate in the discussion. The event will also feature a video greeting from Minister of Labour Tuula Haatainen.

The City of Helsinki’s Council on Disability will arrange the Competence First panel discussion on Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 13–15.

The event can be followed live on the Helsinki-kanava video service. You can submit your own questions and comments to the panel discussion through the message board.

The event will be recorded and available for later viewing on Helsinki-kanava website.

Photo: Jussi Hellsten, (c) City of Helsinki.

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