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Five Considerations for Building a Disability Awareness Strategy

November 01 2016 By Justene Smith

November 2016 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 implemen...

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What is Disability Awareness in the Workplace and Why is it Important?

November 01 2016 By Justene Smith

November 2016 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 o...

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5 Important Lessons about Community Development

August 16 2016 By Candice Lambert

August 2016 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 com...

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Workplace Readiness is a Critical Step to Successful Skills Development

June 03 2016 By Progression

May 2016 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...

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Career Development can improve Employability

April 11 2016 By Melanie Bothma

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 tempor...

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From the Beginning: Skills Development for a Greater SA

April 03 2016 By Candice Lambert

March 2016 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 sust...

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Top Tips for Applying for Your Dream Job

March 03 2016 By Progression

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 T...

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The Importance of Employment Equity and its Implementation

February 12 2016 By Progression

February 2016 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 Empl...

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Addressing Our Thinking Towards Disability

December 03 2015 By Justene Smith

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...

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Mentoring in the Workplace

November 26 2015 By Progression

December 2015 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 mana...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Removing the Stigma

October 02 2015 By Justene Smith

October 2015 October is recognised as national Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, the South African Department of Health has highlighted the importance of mental health in the workplace and supporting colleagues with mental health conditions. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) an estimated 450 million people worldwide experie...

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Understanding the role Universal Design plays toward an Inclusive and Accessible Workplace

August 25 2015 By Progression

August 2015 Hiten Bawa, Architect and Universal Access Consultant unpacks the various considerations of Universal Access within physical environments and the critical role it plays in enabling full participation for everyone. The introduction of inclusive policies and non-discriminatory legislation in the workplace is encouraging companies and in...

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Accessible workplaces unlock potential

July 27 2015 By Progression

July 2015 "The right to work is a fundamental human right. However, persons with disabilities are often not considered in employment due to negative perceptions regarding their ability to contribute or the high cost of accommodating their disability or inaccessible workplaces. Often, employers are unaware of the valuable contribution persons with ...

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Skills Development Challenges: Quality means doing it right when no-one is looking

July 06 2015 By Progression

30 September 2014 - Ali Tambellini, Training Academy Manager, and Alana Perumal, Skills Development Facilitator, at Progression - a transformation-driven company specialising in Disability Employment Equity & Skills Development within corporate South Africa - provide insight into the challenges of implementing a Skills Development Strategy, the...

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How to Change a Life - Using the Power of Technology to Change Attitudes Towards People With a Disability in the Workplace.

July 06 2015 By Progression

December 2014  Could the power of technology be the vital weapon in our arsenal that we use to break down those barriers created by the stigma for people with disabilities in the workplace? While legislation has come a long way in addressing shortcomings in our society, including the previous marginalisation of individuals with disabilities, we s...

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Organisational excellence through creative, effective talent management - treat your people like the driving force they are

July 06 2015 By Progression

April 2015 In last month's opinion piece, Progression highlighted the importance of finding and placing the right talent through strategic and effective recruitment and placement strategies. Once this talent has been found, it now becomes imperative to manage and empower the individuals to reach their highest potential. Julia Wood, Organisational...

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Partnering with the right agency could boost your talent pool

July 06 2015 By Melanie Bothma

March 2015 Business leaders are realising how vital a sustainable recruitment strategy is, for the health of their organisation This is according to Melanie Bothma, Recruitment Manager at Progression, leading Recruitment and Skills Development managament consultants who specialise in placing people with disabilities. Melanie, who has over 15 year...

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Strategic Training and Development: Implementing a comprehensive skills plan using your WSP & ATR

July 06 2015 By Progression

May 2015 Workplace Skills Plans and Annual Training Reports are often seen as simply compliance driven reports, something which many organisations treat with a begrudged attitude. Alana Perumal, Progression's Skills Development Facilitator, looks at how these reports can actually be used to strategically plan training and development and add real ...

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What Mental Health Needs is More Unashamed Conversation

July 06 2015 By Justene Smith

October 2014 - 'Mental Health' is regarded as a state of well-being in which an individual realises their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Justene, Occupational Support Co-ordinator  at Progression, will be offering her insight ov...

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The importance of training and developing Soft Skills in an organisation

July 06 2015 By Tarryn Mason

July 2015 Soft Skills, often associated with an individual's EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with others. EQ impacts how individuals recognise and manage their behaviour in relation to their social environment and is considered as the foundation for a host o...

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