Butterfly Of The Month July 2018 - Bongiwe Khumalo

This month we celebrate Bongiwe Khumalo as our Butterfly of the Month for the month of July. Bongiwe is currently completing her End-User NQF Level 3 learnership through HKA Global. Bongiwe is being hosted at Progression for the duration of her learnership and is currently working in the Project Management department under her mentor, Zama Mkhize, Skills Development Manager at Progression. Her colleagues at Progression believe that she deserves the title of Butterfly of the Month as she is a diligent individual who is reliable, willing to learn and always keen to lend a helping hand whenever her team members need one. Bongiwe has proven to be an excellent asset in the workplace and has a wonderful nature and manner. “I have learned to work hand-in-hand with my other team members,” says Bongiwe. “At Progression, we work in groups and as a team. This has shown me the importance of te...
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Siyasizas Celebrate Their Great Achievement

Did you know that 80% of the brain in developed within the first 1000 days of a child’s life? Or that, according to the Statistician-General’s report, 47% of children aged 0 – 6 do not receive early childhood learning. Five learners who recently graduated from their Early Childhood Development (ECD) learnership aim to change this. Mpume Nzimakwe, Veronica Nyanki, Bongekile Ngeleka, Nomzama Ngeleka and Siza Mvuna’s learning journey towards becoming qualified ECD Practitioners started 18 months ago. At the time the ladies were working as volunteers, referred to as Siyasizas, at a non-profit organisation called Siyakwazi.  Based in the Ugu District in KZN, Siyakwazi, together with Progression, plays a key role in the implementation and success of the Early Childhood Development programme. “At Siyakwazi, we believe that all children can learn. We create individua...
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Rise - It's a Movement.
by Candice Lambert

It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the official launch of Rise. The organisation, which is a subsidiary of Progression, was born from a passion for people and creating opportunities within communities in South Africa. Our various projects offer corporates an effective and sustainable way of meeting Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Skills Development requirements in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. With unemployment on the rise and a shrinking economy to battle, there will be a continuous aim and push for Socio-Economic Development and Skills Development, both being effective means of giving our economy a much-needed boost.  Through the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, Government is encouraging businesses to contribute to SED as a method of eradicating poverty by creating opportunities that allow the previously disadvantaged to become involved in productive ...
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Celebrating Success with Sun International's Disability Strategy

With a total of 19 resorts, luxury hotels and casinos, Sun International is the leader in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment sector. The Sun International brand is world renowned and exudes opulence, enduring quality and incredible adventure. We were therefore completely humbled when Sun International chose Progression as their Disability Experts and partner to implement a Disability Strategy project within the organisation. Though still in its implementation phase, this project has already made its mark as the first of its kind for Sun International and is being met with excitement and eagerness to know more. Candice Lambert, Head of Strategy and Business Development at Progression, initially met with representatives from Sun International in December 2016. “The customer wanted a sustainable solution around disability management that they could implement in their business and ingrain ...
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Butterfly of the Month - March 2018

This month we share the story of Yamkelwa Mbelebele as we celebrate her success in our Butterfly of the Month feature. Yamkelwa started her journey with Progression in July 2017 as she embarked on her Business Administration NQF 4 Learnership. Combined with her workplace experience, this learnership has given Yamkelwa the opportunity to, in her words, “interact with different people and to play a role in building and achieving as a team.” Yamkelwa is currently being hosted at Progression on behalf of Oracle. She forms an important part of the Projects Department, holding the title of Project Administrator. Her mentor, Zama Mkhize, the Skills Development Facilitator at Progression, reports, “Yamkelwa is a very hard working and dedicated person to her work and studies, an extremely easy person to work with, and a very bubbly person. Our team enjoys working with her. She lis...
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10% off Awareness & Sensitisation Workshops

With National Epilepsy Week (12 to 18 February) as well as International Epilepsy Day (12 February) on our doorstep, it’s time to take a closer look at the condition that affects one out of every 100 South Africans and explore the issues around disclosure. In celebration of this commemorative week, Progression is offering a 10% discount on our Disability Awareness and Sensitisation Workshops. T's & C's apply. Awareness and sensitisation around disability in the workplace aims to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge about disability in order to promote an inclusive workplace. Initiatives are interactive, encourage attitudinal change and empower delegates to follow best practice, thus reducing discriminatory behaviour within the workplace. To book your workshop with the team or for more information email us on enquiries@progression.co.za...
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WSP and ATR : The What, The How and The Why

The WSP and ATR submission deadline is the 30th of April 2018. Preparing and submitting these documents can be very time-consuming, confusing and stressful. Progression is able to assist you and will ensure the process is painless and effective. We are also running an exciting promotion - Get 10% off all learnerships when you do your WSP and ATR submission through Progression.T&C's apply.  What is a Workplace Skills Plan? The Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) is intended to document the skills needs in a company and to describe the range of skills development interventions that the company will use to address these needs. A WSP must be developed and submitted every year in order to comply with current Skills Development legislation. The WSP will normally be compiled by a registered Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) or other qualified person and submitted to the SETA.   By c...
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Babcock success story - Not just ticking the box but working towards sustainable transformation.

With an extensive footprint in Southern Africa and 125 years of service excellence, Babcock partners in the management of critically important assets that help to bring power to our homes and businesses, carry out work for infrastructure growth and enable the long-haul collection and delivery of goods within Southern Africa. When Babcock approached Progression in 2014 about implementing a learnership programme in response to their skills development strategy, Progression was eager to be a part of and help drive this journey of transformation. “We had never implemented such a programme before and were unsure what to expect when integrating learners with disabilities into our workforce, but felt that it could potentially add value to the overall organization. What I did know was that the journey we were about to embark on would be one filled with an abundance of learning curves, opportunities to...
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Butterflies of the Month Show the Way to Success.

Progression was elated to attend the recent graduation of 3 remarkable learners who have reached every learner’s ultimate goal - moving from learner to permanent employee. Colin Gooderham, Kutlwano Molebatsi and Lebogang Lekwana are our Butterflies of the Month for December and January. These learners started their journey at Babcock four years ago and have successfully completed a number of learnerships. Kutlwano Molebatsi has completed Business Administration NQF level 3 and 4 learnerships as well as an Accounting Technician NQF level 3 learnership at Babcock. Kutlwano states that being part of a multimillion rand company while working towards his own goals motivated him to take part in these learnerships. He goes on to highlight the importance of having an education and up-skilling yourself by stating, “With continuous technological advancements and the need for skilled employee...
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Is HIV/AIDS a Disability?
by Justene Smith

For the past 28 years, the 1st of December has been commemorated as World AIDS Day, highlighting the plight of the pandemic and also celebrating the momentous strides made in combating the virus.  On its 29th anniversary, under the theme, “The Right to Health”, the day’s focus will be on raising awareness and educating people on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). In a country where over seven million people (12,6% of the population) are living with HIV, there have been calls to categorise the epidemic as a disability. Disability expert at Progression, Justene Smith, argues the pandemic can lead to disabilities. “There are situations where HIV/AIDS can prevent an individual from performing the inherent requirements of their job and can have a negative impact on their performance. In such cases, HIV/AIDS could be classified...
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