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Finding a job in these difficult times is not easy, this is even more difficult for many persons with Disabilities, including The Blind and persons with Visual 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
- Accessibility to the building (place of work)
- Lack of Assistive Devices in the work place
Jobs offered to persons 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, Isilumko and Blind SA, there are programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs & acquire skills that they may need in the workplace. Please read the information below to find out more about these companies and organisations that provide these services for persons with disabilities.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, e.g. Job placement, skills development, preferential procurement, ownership and 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 Danie Marais for more information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at Tel: +27 11 452 2774.
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. In order to change this situation, they need to turn to Persons with Disabilities 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: email@example.com
- Contact Fanie Swanepoel or Thuli Witbooi for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Tel: 011 452 2774
Blind SA originally started on 26 October 1946 as the South African Blind Worker’s Organisation to help the blind find meaningful careers. In 2004 it became Blind SA. Blind SA is governed by its members who elect the Head Committee. We insist on self-representation and work and speak from the viewpoint of blind people. We stand for equality, advocating the rights of the blind throughout South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, we serve the blind community at large, we equip blind people with the skills they need to fully and independently participate in society. This includes finding Employment for the Blind and persons with Visual Impairments.
Getting a job is the starting point of self-sufficiency and dignity for most people, with no exception to the blind. In 1946, Blind SA (formerly SABWO) was formed to help blind and visually impaired South Africans. People who are blind or visually impaired can be found working in most industries. With the right skills, training and technology there are few jobs the blind and visually impaired cannot do. Our assistance can successfully help integrate blind people into their new roles and into businesses.
Isilumko was established in 1995 and is a fully fledged Recruitment and Staffing Solutions Business with robust systems, strong client relationships and references, top empowerment credentials, a stout cashbook, and a national footprint, which allows us to render superior solutions to clients. Isilumko delivers talent through scalable staffing solutions by recruiting the highest-calibre, best-suited candidates to ensure extraordinary value for our clients. Our vision is to be remembered for the positive contribution to our stakeholders. Our clients see us as a strategic partner.
National Services include: Recruitment (Perm and Contractor), Project Management, Learnerships, Internships, Skills Training Initiatives, Bursary Services.
Special focus on Disability, services include: Tailored to client objectives, Hosting services, Workplace Accommodation, On-site Audits, Disability Sensitisation Workshops, End to end Learnership Project Management including recruitment, Learnership Registration with relevant SETA, Agreements & Contracting, Payroll services.
Recruitment Solution: No matter what your requirements, our team will assist with you with a customised solution which includes:
- Temporary, contract or permanent placement
- Once-off or ongoing, single or bulk recruitment service
- Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
- Partial or complete management of the recruitment process
- On-boarding and life-cycle management
- Payroll, HR and IR management, with an option of a full on-site managed solution
Industrial Recruitment Solution: Our team has extensive experience in once-off as well as large-scale bulk recruitment solutions to fulfill your temporary, contract or permanent placement and shift-work requirements. We offer a full on-site managed solution which includes:
- PPE and Equipment management, Payroll, HR and IR management
Contact Shay at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via: Tel: 021 461 3609 or Whatsapp or Call Shay on - 071 514 6763, to discuss your organization’s requirements for recruitment, Learnership Solutions, Disability Services or please feel free to visit our website at: www.isilumko.co.za.
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting was established in 1998 and are recognized leaders in Disability Inclusion. We focus on sourcing, identifying, developing and retaining diverse talent within your organization. Through our range of Disability Awareness Campaigns, Stereotype Busting Training, Strategic Consulting, and On the Ground support services, we leverage the benefit of their extensive network and experience in Disability Inclusivity to create enabling and flexible business environments.
Our significant contribution to internationally recognized Best Practice principals of disability inclusion is making impact in South African organizations, with large focus being placed on Transformation and Scorecard objectives in the space of Disability Inclusion. In order to realize and sustain these inclusivity objectives, organizational cultures and environments seek to become more disability confident, and recognize the value of this form of diversity to their businesses and in their service offerings. Bradshaw LeRoux helps businesses and people to create productive, enabling and inclusive futures.
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 including 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: In order to develop and create awareness in the organisation for persons with a disability which aligns to the organisation’s D&I strategy, Bradshaw LeRoux have proposed a focused training approach aimed at raising awareness about disability as a value adding form of diversity. Facilitated by Lesa Bradshaw, who is a recognised international disability inclusion specialist with over 23 years experience, these practically applicable courses focus on the critical success factors needed to create a transformative, inclusive and safe environment in which persons with a disability feel confident to compete and succeed. Our training is designed to equip organisations and their stakeholders with relevant tools to drive the disability inclusion agenda with impact and effectiveness.
Communications Campaign: Communicating the right messaging on Disability as a form of Diversity, and its value to business and society, is a key success factor in promoting Inclusion and building a culture of respect. The aim of any Disability Communications Campaign is to ‘normalise’ disability, shift perceptions which form barriers to inclusion, and create a culture of trust in which employees feel confident to disclose a disability in order equalize opportunities for success. Paramount to the success of changing perceptions around disability is the use of the correct ‘language’ and messaging content. This campaign includes a brand/logo design and 5 digital communications including context and design work.
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’.
Bursary Management Programme: The bursary management programme is an excellent alternative for your company to invest in the Skills Development of Persons with a disability. The programme provides benefit to the Bursary recipients as they receive ongoing mentorship and assistive support during their years of study and beyond into their careers, creating future empowered, skilled talent with a disability. The programme benefits the Sponsoring company by building a talent pipeline aligned to its future needs whilst enjoying Skills Development objectives and positive brand recognition for respecting the value of disability as a form of diversity in the workplace.
ODIN: Online Disability Inclusion Network is a web-based diversity and inclusion platform which supports the transformation of an organisational culture towards being disability inclusive.
ODIN Recruit matches talent with a disability to your vacancies
ODIN Learn supports your learners with a disability, whether on or off site, to promote retention
ODIN Recruit Provides you with a cost-effective, fixed cost, ‘budget friendly’ solution in the form of a subscription-based service.
For more information, please feel free to send any queries to email@example.com or take a look at our website: www.bradshawleroux.co.za. You can also visit us at our Address: 4 Ironwood Way, Simbithi Eco Estate, or contact us via our Contact number: 031 765 2547.
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.
- 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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