Looking For A Job
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- Employment Rights For Persons With Disabilities
- Companies & Organizations That Can Help
- Tips To Finding The Right Job
Finding a job in these difficult times is not easy, this is even more difficult for many persons with Mobility Impairments. Stabilizing a job once you have one, is even harder. Finding a stable workforce poses many challenges. This is largely due to a factors such as:
- production skills
- effective social skills
- The integration between worker and workplace
- Health Problems
- Lack of Assistive Devices
- Accessibility to the building (place of work) & lack of facilities like Disabled Toilets, Disabled Parking, etc.
Jobs offered to people with disabilities are scarce & studies have shown a correlation between disabilities and poverty. Those who are able to get jobs but unable to stabilize a job are often left discouraged & many who had participated, found that they were paid less when compared to their co-workers.
Disability is a natural part of human life and does not diminish the right of persons with disabilities to take their rightful place in the work place. Widespread ignorance, fear and stereotypes cause persons with disabilities to be unfairly discriminated against in society and in employment. As a result, persons with disabilities experience high unemployment levels and, in the workplace, often remain in low status jobs and earn lower than average remuneration. The Employment Equity Act no. 55, of 1998 was drafted and put in place to ensure the employment rights of persons with disabilities in the workplace. Click on the link below to find out more about your rights and the Employment equity act no. 55, of 1998.
Companies & Organizations That Can Help
Thanks to Companies and Organizations such as Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting, The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities and QASA, there are programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs and acquire skills that they may need in the workplace.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, such as: Job placement, Skills development, Preferential procurement, Ownership, Supply chain development. "We will refer you to our experts in each of the nine provinces or support you from our National Office in Edenvale." Contact Ernu van der Westhuizen for more information via email: email@example.com or at Tel: +27 11 452 2774. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities also provides Disability Equity Training to both public and private sectors.
Disability Equity Training
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities also provides Disability Equity Training. Many public and private sector bodies have gradually realised that their work practices and policies fall far short of fulfilling the needs, rights and aspirations of disabled people who are their clients, customers and co-workers and that, in order to change this situation, they need to turn to disabled people for education and guidance. From this realisation has grown the demand for Disability Equality Training (DET) run by disabled people, which aims to help people understand the meaning of disability, identify changes in work practice, and plan strategies to implement change
Disability Equality Training courses have been organised and run by disabled people and organizations to address the need for information about reality of disability. A DET course will enable participants to identify and address discriminatory forms of practice towards disabled people. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organisational behaviour which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities: offer training which is done by an expert well trained team of persons with disabilities, the training is inclusive of all impairments and addresses definitions, an inclusive workplace, reasonable accommodation, terminology and much more! The sessions are at least three hours, but can be up to two days (depending on the needs of the client). Training is done in inter - actively, using multimedia and is not “heavy”!!! Training is tailor made for every sector, including: Tourism, Tertiary Education, Banking, Mining and more.
For references, contact:
- Leanne Channer, Schenker SA: W + 27 11 971 8400 | Switchboard or Email: Leanne.Channer@dbschenker.com
- Alison Jänicke at Endangered Wildlife Trust on: Tel: 011 372 3600 | Ext 70 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Fanie Swanepoel or Thuli Witbooi for more information: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 011 452 2774.
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”
QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. The six Regional Associations which are affiliated to QASA are: Gauteng South, Gauteng North, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association.
QASA run a number of Projects and Services which include: Advocacy & lobbying; Conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury; Publication and distribution of information on disability rights; Rural outreach; Developing social enterprises to sustain individuals and Regional Associations; Providing sport and hobby activities; driver training in adapted vehicles, Provision of transport, Provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships, the Work Readiness Programme, Consulting, Disability sensitizing and workshops.
Visit our Organizations - Mobility Impairments page to find out more about The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), or read the page below to find out more about the Services that QASA provides with regards to Looking For A Job, Disability Equity Training, QASA Employment Project & The QASA Work Readiness Programme.
Disability Equity Training
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) provides sensitization training to corporates and Government, in order to deal with prejudices and inequalities towards disability and change mind sets and create opportunities for people with disabilities to integrate. Training is also given regularly to the service providers to airlines on the safe and appropriate handling of assisted passengers, thus developing a better service for assisted passengers who travel. These projects have a revenue stream for QASA.
QASA Employment Project
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) main areas of focus is that of developing the skills and thereby the employment potential of people with disabilities. QASA provides opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and qualifications. Each year QASA allocates funds from its operating budget to pay for members to obtain a qualification in the field of their choice.
If you are a person with a disability who is seeking employment, QASA can help. You can send your CV to QASA and your CV will be put on the QASA CV DATABASE. The QASA CV DATABASE is sent to businesses and government departments who are actively seeking to employ people with disabilities.
QASA has also secured “partnerships” with 14 recruitment agencies nationally, 3 of them specializing in placing persons with disabilities. Once your CV is on the QASA CV DATATBASE, your CV will be sent to these recruitment agencies. They will contact you and assist you in finding employment in your area. One of these Recruitment agencies is Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting, which is listed further below.
QASA Work Readiness Programme
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) have launched the Work Readiness Programme which is being offered in three centres in South Africa, they are hosted by QAGN in Pretoria and QAWC in Durbanville as well as at the Victor Daitx Training Centre which is on the property of the QASA office in Gillitts. The Work Readiness Programme bridges the gap to employment for it's Members who are Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
Over an eight week period, 6 enthusiastic, motivated and diverse Members will operate in a simulated workplace, moving through 14 modules including team work, business ethics, basic business finance productivity and time management, communication in the workplace and more! Over this time each of these individuals involved will have the opportunity to grow significantly both personally and professionally. Psychometric assessments continue to be used as a tool for professional development and career guidance, which continue to assist the candidates in their professional development as well as using a strengths based approach towards career development.
Intake is on-going with a new programme commencing each two months, this program seeks candidates who want full time jobs as an outcome. Along with completing all elements of the Application Form, the applicant will have to submit a letter motivating why they wish to be on this program to secure their place.
The candidate should be a Quadriplegic or Paraplegic member of QASA between 18 – 35 years old & in possession of a Matric Certificate or a NQF, Level 4 equivalent with the ability to speak and understand English. The candidate must be focused and committed to attending classes every day with the ambition of wanting full time employment at the end of the programme.
The modules, which will make up the Work Readiness Programme, are all aligned to SAQA Unit Standards. The Work Readiness Programme does not have certification for each module. Certification by SETA for a specific course can only be Accredited if the course is a Learnership.
QASA supports the concept of Work Readiness rather than Learnerships and believes that the intense course of the Work Readiness Programme will be more effective for employment seeking and employment uptake. QASA has opted for the option of having the training material aligned to the Unit Standard, as we will be rolling out a 2 months Skills Programme whereby the focus will be impact of mainstream employment.
If you are interested in this programme please email email@example.com today, or click on the link below to find out more.
Champion Of Hope
Champion of Hope is a Non Profit organization of and for Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV Aids Virus in the Pixley ka Seme Region in the Northern Cape. At Champion of Hope we believe in the abilities of Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV/Aids Virus and choose to focus on the positives and therefore develop our clients through Skills Development and Skills Training.
Our main objective is to assist People Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired and those affected and infected with the HIV/ Aids Virus who has low skills and high poverty levels to reach their true potential in life and in this way to lobby a living wage for themselves.
Our full list of other services includes: Skills Development & Skills Training; Economic Empowerment; Income Generation; Job Creation; Job Placement; Sports Development & Sports Training; Fundraising; Awareness & Promotion; Accessibility & Mobility; Women’s Programs; Youth Programs; Children’s Programs; Early Childhood Development Programs; Support Groups; Social Clubs & Book Clubs and Mini Libraries for the Sight Impaired in collaboration with Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
You can contact Esme Fourie T/A Champion Of Hope (102 - 568 - NPO) at nr 80 Mainstreet De Aar 7000 or via Mobile: 078 886 7902 • Fax: 086 587 4779/ Whatsapp: 0657008851 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting are recognized as one of South Africa’s top Recruitment and Disability Integration Specialists. For our job seeking clients, our role is to help you find employment through showcasing your abilities, and understanding the unique factors of your disability that need to be considered in the role.
For companies seeking to employ talent, our role is to assist you in creating an accessible work environment that provides equal opportunities for employment of people with a disability. In a nutshell, we represent both job seekers with a disability, and assist companies with integrating and developing people with a disability by creating a disability inclusive environment. We also offer SETA Accredited Learnership Programmes and various other services including:
Environmental Accessibility Audits: Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting conduct Environmental Accessibility Audits designed to identify environmental barriers that could hinder access for Persons with a Disability. Our consultants will review your site, note potential barriers from a functional and safety perspective, and propose cost-effective solutions which can be actioned within short, medium and longer term timeframes. Our reports are practical in nature, specific in the solutions offered, and allow for ease of use by all. Relevant to all environments, from corporate offices, manufacturing or industry sites, education facilities or hospitality environments, we can assist.
Disability Awareness Training / Equity Training: Our portfolio of training sessions and informational talks are aimed at different audience profiles, from Corporate to Hospitality & Customer Service personnel, to Scholars. Designed to teach etiquette, shift perceptions and create impact, our presenters use a combination of humour, personal experience, subject expertise and passion to deliver barrier-busting changes in perception around disability and its place in business and society.
Campaigns and Events: Our Disability Inclusive campaigns and events are designed to raise awareness around barriers to inclusion of persons with a disability, to highlight the value of workplace adjustments, and to showcase the value of the diversity of disability to business and the economy in general. Entertaining, inclusive and impactful, these campaigns include communication content and events coordination which are disability accessible and inclusive.
Empowerment Training for Persons with a Disability: Designed to teach persons with a disability about their rights and responsibilities within the workplace, these training sessions assist those individuals who have a newly acquired a disability, or who are new to the work environment, to understand the potential barriers to equal and dignified access to, or advancement in, employment and how to become change champions in creating an inclusive culture. Empowering by design, this practical and motivating training approach prepares individuals for their work journey and equips them with the skills needed to ‘get the job’.
Tips To Finding The Right Job
Finding it difficult to secure employment as a person with a disability? Here are a few tips on how to increase your chances:
- Know your rights! Understand how the labour legislation and Employment Equity Act support your applicant and employee rights – with particular emphasis on what constitutes Reasonable Accommodation which are the steps taken to remove any barriers to the role that may result from your disability. See the following link: Code of Good Practice.
- Be the expert in your own disability inclusivity journey. You are the expert on your own abilities and how to manage your disability where necessary in the workplace. Think about your requirements in the workplace realistically – for example, would you require a larger screen if you have a visual impairment, or do you need to manage your stress carefully if you have a psychiatric disability, and how would you manage this in the role. Being aware of this, and being able to confidently communicate this to an employer, will help them understand your abilities, given reasonable accommodation, rather than relying on their stereotypes.
- Use select agencies that ‘get’ disability as a form of diversity, and can focus on marketing your Ability! Make sure that the recruitment agent dealing with your application is well versed on how to sell your abilities and reasonable accommodation needs professionally, and gets a good understanding of the role and environment for which you are being considered, so that you can decide whether it is suitable.
- If you can …. GET YOUR MATRIC or NQF Equivalent!! Many companies have a policy whereby all potential employees, no matter what the role, must have a minimum of a matric qualification. This also applies to most learnership opportunities.
The challenge: Our schooling system in SA is not inclusive of learners with a disability, and many special needs schools are under-resourced and not able to support learners until Matric. We need to challenge this, and promote inclusive education as much as possible – but in the meantime, look for bridging programs, entry level NQF Learnerships that offer a matric equivalent, or home study to try and get this matric.
- Always be reliable, punctual and well presented for interviews – like any job seeker, the quickest way to miss out on a job opportunity is to be late for the interview! If you have any reasonable accommodation requirements – such as wheelchair accessibility, the need for extra time in the interview should you have a communication problem or require a sign interpreter etc – tell the company in advance.
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