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Inclusive Trains: a project promoted by the Alstom Foundation, Alstom, JUAN XXIII FOUNDATION and OUIGO to improve employability of people with intellectual disabilities

  • A pioneering initiative to promote the employability of people in situation of psychosocial vulnerability through training and internships in real railway operating environment

  • After 12 months of training, the trainees are currently gaining work experience on OUIGO’s high-speed trains

28 February 2024 - The Alstom Foundation, Alstom, JUAN XXIII FOUNDATION and OUIGO have jointly developed a training and internship programme to boost employability for people with intellectual disabilities. The initiative, called "Inclusive Trains", started with the implementation of a training course in the railway field (developed by FUNDACIÓN JUAN XXIII and funded by the Alstom Foundation), to offer new job opportunities: assistance on board, support in stations, etc. Following the completion of the training, certain students have been able to improve their skills and employability thanks to the internships developed in collaboration with the high-speed operator OUIGO.

Although access to the labour market for people with disabilities has improved in recent years there remains a considerable distance to cover. According to the latest data from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE), the employment rate of people with disabilities is 27.8%, compared to 68.1% for people without disabilities. The unemployment rate, on the other hand, is 8.6 points higher than that of the non-disabled population (21.4% compared to 12.8%).

More about the project 

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