Telenor launches the first edition of Academy Open Mind that will include professional development courses for people with disabilities. The courses will be held at the Telenor headquarters and in partnership with the nongovernmental organization Jamba that helps people with the professional developmentof people with disabilities.

The Academy is a continuation of the career development program for people with disabilities Open Mind, held by Telenor since 2015. The course selection for the Academy is based on the skills that last year’s Open Mind candidates lacked most often. The first phase of the Academy will include two courses – Basic Computer Literacy and Corporate Communication. The plans for the second phase include an English Language course. Registration for the first phase is open until the end of February. Those who wish to enroll can apply by sending an email to office@jamba.bg with their name, the course they want to join, self-assessment of their skills in the desired area, and information about any special needs they may have.

The first courses of the Academy will be held between March and May 2020 with groups of up to 20 people. Every course will be held on working days between 18:00 and 19:30 h. The teachers of Academy Open Mind will be volunteers from the business, Jamba supporters and Telenor employees. As a host of the Academy, the telecom will provide the necessary materials and technical support for the courses and the participants must bring their own devices.

The Open Mind program is held annually as part of the company’s long-term corporate responsibility strategy. In the editions so far, 21 participants joined the company as part of Process Management, Legal Affairs, People & Culture, Marketing and other divisions. Of all participants so far, five stayed on permanent contracts with Telenor Bulgaria after the end of the program.

Telenor is a leading telecommunication services provider with more than 3 million active users in Bulgaria. As of August 1, 2018, Telenor Bulgaria, along with Telenor Hungary and Telenor Serbia & Montenegro are part of PPF Group.

PPF Group invests in multiple market segments such as banking and financial services, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, insurance, real estate and agriculture. PPF Group’s reach spans from Europe to the USA and across Asia, owning assets worth over EUR 45 billion (as at 31 December 2018).