Butterfly of the Month - July 2017

This July we celebrate Ernest Thokane as our Butterfly of the Month. During his learnership, Ernest has been hosted at Progression and has become a valued member of our team. Ernest is currently completing his Business Administration NQF 3 learnership. While at Progression, he has taken on the role of Recruitment Assistant under his team leader, Farhana Hassam. “Ernest is mainly responsible for calling and booking candidates to come in for our weekly assessments. He is a very polite and professional individual who always follows processes. If he is unsure about anything, he will ask to get clarity and I hardly find myself needing to repeat anything. He has lots of spreadsheets and also comes up with many suggestions on how to improve processes. It is truly a pleasure having him in my team and working with him,” says Farhana. Ernest delights in being part of our Recruitment Department as ...
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All About Albinism - Albinism Awareness Day
by Justene Smith

On the second International Albinism Awareness Day, disability equity solutions company, Progression Transformation Enablers, calls on South Africans to embrace people with albinism, especially in a time when diversity is encouraged and inclusivity and acceptance are priorities. Albinism refers to a group of rare genetic disorders that cause a lack or complete loss of pigment, specifically melanin, in the skin, hair, irises of the eyes and the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The resulting lighter coloured skin is more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Pigmentation in the eye is essential for normal vision and Albinism therefore often leads to a variety of visual impairments. These impairments include repetitive, uncontrolled movements of the eyes (nystagmus), eyes that do not look in the same direction (strabismus), increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) a...
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Progression Celebrates 15 Years of Enabling Transformation.
by Beth Cook

March 2017.  March was a special and momentous month for Progression as we celebrated our 15th anniversary. Moving from a small start-up company to a leader in the industry of transformation calls for celebration. It also calls for forward thinking as our greatest accomplishments still lie ahead of us. Our journey started in March 2002 and was the result of, what I jokingly call, “a Bipolar moment”. I met my first business partner, Stacey Leslie, while working for a non profit organisation where I trained people with disabilities. Stacey, who was working for a recruitment agency at the time, asked for our assistance in recruiting people with disabilities for the finance industry. During our meeting, I shared my visionwas overwhelmed with excitement as I voiced my opinion on what I believed should be happening with regards to people with disabilities in the workplace, the Skills De...
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Bringing Awareness To Epilepsy

Progression was proud to take part in the “Walk for Epilepsy Awareness” on the 26th of March held in Sandton. The walk commemorated and celebrated “International Purple Day”, an international epilepsy awareness day, dedicated to educating people about epilepsy. A crowd of enthusiastic and passionate people made their way from Sandton City to Mercedes Benz, where they were met by refreshments, loads of sweets and fun entertainment. A fun and exciting day was had by all, the Progression team included. Supporting and bringing awareness to those who live with epilepsy and other disabilities is an important, and often overlooked, responsibility for all South African citizens and starts with education. Epilepsy, which is also known as a seizure disorder, is a common condition that affects the brain and nervous system. It has been estimated that approximately one in every 100...
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Progression Walks For a Purpose

The 31st of March was a colourful, fun and informative day as Progression, in partnership with Cheshire Home, hosted a walk for awareness. The 1 km walk aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of people with disabilities (PWD), with a special emphasis placed on autism in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day which took place on April 2nd.   Participants then travelled in unison to the Regina Mundi Church. The passion and excitement was evident as song and laughter filled the streets. Once inside the Church, Phil Hall, Acting Manager of LRC, opened proceedings with the following statement, “I have walked the streets of Soweto many times, but today was the first time I walked these streets with a purpose, surrounded by some of the most determined and motivational people I know”.  This was followed by the inspiring stories of Michael Sive, Mamosese Mosese and Progres...
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Addressing HR development and transformation requirements
by Candice Lambert

With roots dating back to 1994, and formerly known as Phumelela Africa, Phumaf is a South African professional engineering organisation that specialises in civil engineering and project management. Phumaf sees itself as not merely consulting engineers, but rather the provider of engineering solutions that touch people’s lives. In February 2015, Phumaf approached Progression about implementing a learnership programme in response to their skills development strategy and business imperatives. The Business Challenge  As part of the skills development strategy that was implemented, Phumaf, together with Progression, implemented a 12 month Learnership programme for four contract workers based in the Kroonstad region. “This was in response to Phumaf’s mandate to empower people who ultimately impact on their bottom line,” comments Candice Lambert, Business Development Consultan...
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WSP & ATR Submission Deadline is Approaching

February 2017 Progression wishes to remind companies participating in Skills Development initiatives that they are required to submit their Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Annual Training Reports (ATR) by 28 April 2017. Progression is able to assist employers with their WSP & ATR submissions. All documents must be received by 15 March 2017.  Below are some useful tips on why do you need to submit your WSP & ATR reports? Recover up to 20% mandatory grant from Skills Development Levies paid to SARS in the financial period. Your WSP & ATR can be used as an application for a discretionary grant for training in the skills that are essential for productivity and competitiveness. Points can be earned under the New BBBEE Codes for the Skills Development priority element pending successful submission of WSP & ATR. Skills Development contributes towards succession plan...
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Progression launches special for National Disability Rights Awareness Month

To kick off National Disability Rights Awareness Month, Progression will be offering a free Disability Awareness Day (valued at R30 000) to clients who sign off on learnership programmes for the January/ February 2017 period. We have the following learnership groups starting in 2017 HR Management NQF 4 This learmership has been introduced to address the need for qualified HR Practioners and is SABPP-accredited. The programme aims to prepare learners in supporting the Human Resources function within a business and to fulfil a strong support role towards their company’s Human Resource Manager For more information about this qualification click here National Diploma: Occupational Health & Safety NQF 5 There is a critical need in the industry for a practical qualification in occupational safety, to allow qualified learners to manage and apply safety principles within all business ...
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Progression's Panel Event advocates Disability Awareness

November 2016 On 20 September 2016 Progression’s Assessment Centre, Access@Progression, hosted its first ever disability panel event at the Southern Sun Hyde Park. The 4-hour session, presented in a Q&A format, allowed a panel of experts to answer employers’ questions and unpacked best practice approaches to integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. The event was well attended by HR Professionals, Employment Equity Managers, Occupational Therapists and other specialists in the disability field. Panel speakers included Keshika Naidoo (Occupational Therapist), Justene Smith (Disability Specialist), Donne Lance (Clinical Psychologist), Laurentia Truter (Disability Law Expert) and Tarryn Mason (Event Host and General Manager at Progression). Each speaker brought their own unique knowledge, insight and perspectives to the discussion and were able to talk delegates through t...
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Progression's Assessment Centre Announces Panel Event

August 2016 Progression’s recently launched Assessment Centre is happy to announce that it will be introducing a new Disability event to its clients in September. The event will take the form of a panel discussion incorporating facilitated Question & Answer sessions with a variety of industry experts who will unpack why employing people with disabilities makes business sense, as well as addressing some of the challenges and successes that employers experience when integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring to our clients a panel of speakers who will be able to present their insights and experience,” comments Zarina Bulbulia, who heads up Progression’s Assessment Centre. “We hope that the format of the session will empower employers with information that is relevant to them when it comes to successfully i...
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