As a woman with a physical disability starting out with only a Matric under her belt, Nwabisa’s journey has not been an easy one. In 2013 she boarded a bus and embarked on a 17-hour trip from the Eastern Cape to Gauteng, in search of a better life for herself, her daughter and the rest of her family. Nwabisa’s initiation into learnerships began in 2014 when she was accepted for a Business Administration learnership at Progression. She spent the next few years gaining valuable skills and experience by completing three learnerships while working in Progression’s Recruitment Department and establishing herself as a hardworking and loyal employee.
Her consistent dedication and enthusiasm secured her a further opportunity in 2018 at ERM South Africa, an environmental sustainability consultancy and one of Progression’s long-standing clients, where she completed two more learnerships in the field of Human Resource Management, up to Diploma level. Her years of effort and commitment were finally rewarded in September 2019 when she was offered a permanent position in the HR Department at ERM, where she is currently responsible for recruitment, on boarding of new employees, arranging training for various teams and ensuring all administration functions are efficiently performed.
Nwabisa affirms, “The learnerships were my stepping-stone into the corporate world.” She believes that she earned her position at ERM by putting in the hard work, displaying her determination, being adaptable and winning the trust and respect of her colleagues and managers. She built good relationships and discovered that she was the perfect fit for her HR team.
Her advice to other young people who may be struggling to succeed is to be patient, always show kindness, work hard and keep pushing. Nwabisa believes it is essential to remember where you come from and not have an attitude of entitlement. “It hasn’t been a ‘wheel’ in park,” she says in her typical bubbly way. She goes on to acknowledge, “Living with a disability has its own challenges but I’m proud to say I have conquered obstacles, shed tears and had some hilarious moments. Life is beautiful and worth living every day.”
For almost two decades, Progression has been partnering with some of South Africa’s biggest corporate companies to facilitate and manage learnerships, mostly for people with disabilities.
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