Enabling Inclusive and Accessible Workplaces Requires an Open Mind

July 2015 Despite the numerous efforts by employers to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, many work environments still remain inaccessible for persons with disabilities, presenting both physical and attitudinal barriers. Reasonable accommodation is a solution which readily answers the subject of accessibility in the workplace with the aim to reduce the impact of the impairment on a person’s capacity to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation further gives organisations the opportunity to successfully integrate people with disabilities into their workforce as well as offering a broader perspective on people and skill opportunities for business. This is according to Julia Wood, Organisational Development Manager at Progression and Project Coordinator of the 2015 Disability Conference. This year’s conference theme will aim to explore tools, technologies...
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Progression comments on the Skills Development element of the revised B-BBEE codes
by Tarryn Mason

June 2015The B-BBEE QSE codes released on 6 May by the DTI recognises Persons with Disabilities under the Skills Development element. This was a welcome revision after the draft QSE codes released in Oct 2014 allocated no score or recognition for people with disabilities under any of the sections. Tarryn Mason, General Manager at Progression comments, “Small businesses contribute significantly to the South African economy. It is everyone’s responsibility to create an inclusive work environment and ensure that people with disabilities are not marginalised.” The new QSE codes also make provision for skills development expenditure for black people with disabilities, not just black employees. Previously any expenditure on skills initiatives outside of employees, for example a bursary, would have been recognised as Social Economic Development spend. “Companies that don’t hav...
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Progression announces new SED partner

May 2015 Progression, a transformation driven organisation which manages and implements Skills Development and disability employment equity strategy solutions for corporate South Africa, has partnered with Siyakwazi, a KwaZulu Natal-based NPO which implements Early Childhood Development (ECD) education and support for children with special education needs (SEN) within rural communities. “Progression is committed to transformation and inclusion at every level for all citizens of South Africa.” states Beth Cook, founder and CEO of Progression. “It was therefore critical for us to select a Social Economic Development (SED) partner that reflected these values.” Siyakwazi aims to engage with children as early as possible, identifying the development of children from 0 – 7 years as a critical period. “It is often the case that learning disabilities and poor ECD support...
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Progression achieves level one B-BBEE status

May 2015 Skills Development and Transformation driven company, Progression, announced an increase in its (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) B-BBEE scorecard from a level 2 to a level 1, based on the old codes. “I am very proud that our commitment to transformation has resulted in us achieving a Level 1 score,” states Beth Cook, founder and CEO of Progression. The news comes at a time when there has been much discussion around the release of the revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practise. “There are elements of the new codes that are going to challenge business in SA,” states Beth, “however we must remain mindful of the fact that the spirit of B-BBEE allows for incredible opportunities for many South Africans if it is used effectively.” Progression believes that including transformation as a core business value and reflecting it within the organisation’s po...
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Hope Mandeville Career Days Expo

April 2015 Progression recently participated in the 4th annual Hope-Mandeville Disability careers expo. The event, a joint venture by Hope School and Mandeville Disability Swimming, focuses on helping launch school-leavers with disabilities into careers that are right for them through formal employment, and skills development opportunities. Justene Smith, Progression’s Occupational Support Co-ordinator believes that the expo offers an excellent opportunity for opening the door of interaction between students and employers. “Many school-leavers are unclear of the value of work experience and are uncertain about the types of careers they would like to pursue.” states Justene. Participating in the expo offers Progression an opportunity to engage with young learners who will soon be ready to participate in the workplace. “Offering direction, career advice and making the learners...
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Progression invests in scarce skills through Apprenticeship programmes
by Candice Lambert

The scarcity of skilled Artisans in South Africa poses a real skills risk to certain economically active industries. Progression, a leading skills development and diversity management consultant, understands the challenge of aligning Skills Development Strategies with an organisation's core business all while meeting B-BBEE and other legislative requirements. In order to offer its clients the most appropriate Skills Initiatives, Progression recently elevated its Apprenticeship programme product offering. An Apprenticeship programme develops highly skilled tradesman which can assist companies in addressing the very real skills gap they face.  Progression’s Apprenticeship programmes now include accredited courses for Boilermaking, Pipe Fitting, Welding, Electrician, Fitter & Turner, Instrumentation, Tool, Jig & Diemaker, and Millwright. Candice Abrahams, Business Development Manager ...
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Progression takes local transformation and disability solutions to international heights

Progression, one of South Africa’s leading human resource development and transformation solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it will be establishing new operations in Melbourne Australia this year.  Having built its reputation for pioneering one of the most ground-breaking total disability equity solutions for private and public sector companies, Progression’s CEO, Beth Cook says that the company is delighted to have the opportunity to expand Progression’s international footprint, establish the brand globally and to share knowledge and best practise from both countries.  “It is our belief that South Africa and Australia will offer mutual learning opportunities that will grow the diversity, inclusion and transformational journeys of each country,” says Cook. “This exciting expansion is aligned to our strategic intent to gain international exp...
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Park Inn Newlands raises the bar

"A real shing example of responsible tourism and inclusion", announced at the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Newlands on 4 December 2014, one day after International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The partnership between Park Inn Newlands and DeafSa, displays true commitment toward transformation within South Africa. To read the full article follow the link below. http://www.idc.co.za/home/media-room/articles/753-unique-hotel-raises-bar-for-innovation,-responsible-tourism.html
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Progression's Year End Stocking Filler

As if reaping the rewards of sustainable skills development wasn’t already enticing enough, Progression is providing even more incentive for you this November and December to get on board with our Learnership Programmes. For every end-user Learnership agreement signed during November and December, we’ll throw in a FREE LAPTOP, pre-loaded with Office 365 and our full training course and material. Access to our exceptional training facilities has never been easier or more rewarding. Benefits include: Easy technological transition and application from classroom to workplace Enhanced and effective learning experience No need for employers to supply learners with IT hardware for Learnership No CAPEX required for assets/computers as it forms part of Skill Development spend Contact Progression to take advantage of this offer and take your Skills Development to the next level in 2015....
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Tidy Files Successfully Implements a Skills & Employment Equity Audit
by Sharon Bard

When Tidy Files, a leading local provider of end-to-end filing and storage solutions required a comprehensive Employment Equity and Skills Development plan, it turned to Progression, a leader in Human Capital and Transformation solutions. Progression would support and guide the company through a best practice Disability Equity Audit and Skills Audit that would link into its Employment Equity, Skills Development and B-BBEE strategies. The Challenge: Since its establishment in 1978, Tidy Files has developed into a leading provider of complete filing and archiving solutions. Having experienced significant growth over the years, with a nationwide client base and representation in other African countries, the company has a customer base of some 14 000, growing at a rate of an average of 100 customers per month. The company employs just over 300 people. In order to meet its legislative requirements, Tidy...
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