Continuing from the article What is Disability Awareness & why is it important? Justene Smith, Disability Specialist at Progression, unpacks some important considerations for organisations when building an effective Disability Awareness Strategy.
1. What does my organisation want to achieve?
Disability awareness can be implemented for many purposes depending on the desired outcomes of the organisation. Disability awareness can focus on sharing basic information about disability, it could be used to capacity-build managers to better understand disability and manage this in a more proactive and effective way going forward and to implement their own awareness in the future, or it could assist in preparing a workplace in anticipation of a Disability Disclosure Audit.
Setting clear and concise outcomes that talk to all areas of the business is very important. In addition, companies ne...
Despite the ongoing effort to introduce disability into the workplace, many people with disabilities still face discrimination when accessing the open labour market.
Statistically, only a small percentage of people with disabilities are employed. Furthermore, of the people with disabilities that are employed, many are in positions of low-level work with reduced promotional opportunities, often as a result of lack of skills and experience as well as social barriers which impede engagement in the workplace.
Justene Smith, Disability Specialist at Progression, unpacks the various considerations around disability in the workplace and the important role disability awareness plays in creating accessible and inclusive environments.
Understanding the social context of disability
Historically (and still in our more modern societies), people with disabilities have been marginalised due to lim...
Social upliftment has become everybody’s responsibility. As a result, organisations are looking at investments outside of their traditional stakeholder framework, reflecting on their impact on both the people and environments around them. Candice Lambert, Head of Strategic Business Development at Progression and Director of RISE, a community development inspired initiative in partnership with Progression, shares her insights and learnings around the subject of developing communities.
“The Third World is not a statistical abstraction nor a set of political or economic principles; it is, first and foremost, people: men, women and children, each with his or her own peculiar intelligence and emotions, tragedies and successes, pleasure and suffering, realities and dreams. The human dimension is easily forgotten amid the sea of statistics, generalities, theories, and ideologies tha...
Workplace readiness can often be a major challenge for first-time entrants into the workplace. This often results in additional pressure for employers and employees alike when embarking on a skills development or empowerment programme. A lack of exposure, limited knowledge of the business environment and the underdeveloped interpersonal or soft skills of many young entrants (especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds) are just some of the challenges facing previously unemployed candidates.
“Bridging the gap into the working world is thus a critical first step in addressing the need for larger talent pools within business and industry, and certainly a step that corporate South Africa can actively participate in,” says Imogen Rossam, Business Development Consultant at Progression.
Workplace readiness programmes offer a great means for organisations to prepare first-tim...
Career development is a lifelong process during which you develop new ideas about yourself and your career identity. The 21st century world of work has rapid developments in technology and globalisation of the economy and job markets. There is constant outsourcing of work, downsizing of companies and customising of jobs. More people are in temporary and part-time employment and increasing numbers of people are becoming self- employed. As a result of these changes, an individual’s employability is critical to ensuring successful career-pathing.
In most occupations there is a trend towards change, unpredictability, innovation and creativity and a demand for people with interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. You can no longer afford to have a static, ‘once- off choice’ view of career. Your employability will likely depend on you having to make a number of career decisions ...
Until recently, compliance has largely been the driving force for workplace skills development in South Africa. However increasingly, CEOs and other business decision makers are realising the need for a more sustainable solution: growing a workforce that both meets their compliance needs and the overall goals of the business.
This sustainable development requires transformation to be forward-thinking tool. Candice Lambert, Strategic Business Development Consultant at Progression, looks at developing talent from the ground up in the ‘grow your own’ concept, addressing the issue of compliance versus sustainable and strategic business growth, as well as the need for contribution to Skills Development on a National level.
“The ‘Grow Your Own’ concept is a principle or practice that responds to the National drive around the unemployment crisis,” states Cand...
The search for a job can be a difficult and daunting task. Finding and applying for the right job often involves applying for multiple positions, with plenty of competition from other candidates applying for the same position. So how do you ensure that the person receiving your job application is going to notice you? Ali Tambellini, Progression’s Training Academy Manager, talks about her top tips and what to do when applying for jobs or enagaging with the recruitment industry.
Include a cover letter on your application. When writing your cover letter make sure that it is punchy and to the point. Remember that it needs to summarise your interest in the position. The person reading this has a mountain of applications to plough through so make sure it keeps the person interested and doesn’t ramble on and on.
Optimise your CV. Your CV itself needs to remain as factual and to the point as pos...
In discussions around Employment Equity, Affirmative Action is usually the first thing that springs to mind. However, the truth is that Affirmative Action is only a small piece of the Employment Equity puzzle.
Merusha Singh, recently appointed Skills Development Facilitator at Progression, unpacks the purpose of South Africa’s Employment Equity legislation as well as the various elements involved in its implementation. In this article she highlights the role of the Employment Equity Committee, the value that it adds to the implementation of the EE Act within the organisation as well as some of the challenges that it faces.
To set the tone, I think it is important to take a brief look at the key drivers behind the introduction of Employment Equity into our country’s legislation. Prior to South Africa becoming a democratic state, laws dating back to the colonial and ...
3 December 2015 is recognised by the United Nations as International Day for Persons with Disabilities. The theme for 2015, as laid out by the United Nations, is a simple yet powerful message: Inclusion Matters!
Justene Smith, Disability Expert at Progression, shares her insights about what we need to consider when addressing our attitudes towards disability, ensuring an inclusive and barrier-free workplace in order to promote access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
People with disabilities encounter many different forms of barriers in the workplace. Not only are these barriers presented by the physical environment, but they may also include negative beliefs and attitudes around people with disabilities that could lead to discriminatory behaviour towards an individual. It is often the case that these attitudinal barriers pose the greatest challenge for the integration of people wit...
In today’s business world, having a motivated workforce that can carry the business forward, while maintaining the integrity of the business, is vital. Yet organisations are facing the challenge of an aging workforce that leads to the question “How can we sustain a business and cultivate the next generation of CEO’s, HOD’s, line managers etc. that will lead the business successfully into the future?”
Ali Tambellini, Training Manager at Progression, unpacks the importance of mentorship in the workplace and why growing employees at a human level is good for business.
I recently attended a mentorship workshop that Progression offers to clients who are embarking on a Skills Development programme where learners are typically new to the workplace and have little or no work experience. We often come across scenarios in which the employer and learner are unable ...