“Globally, people with disabilities are marginalised and excluded from full participation in society. In South Africa, people with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination in various social spheres” – South African Human Rights Commission, Research Brief on Disability and Equality in South Africa (2017).
On 11 and 12 October, more than 500 learners were recognised for passing their learnerships with full competencies at the graduation evening held at the Apollo Hotel in Randburg. Thanks to their new-found skills, many of these learners now have access to opportunities and are workplace ready!
In a simulated and controlled environment, these learners were able to complete their generic qualifications at our two Randburg campuses with the help of our world-class facilitators. With most of these learners being disabled, mentorship to help build-up confidence is also key to helping them thrive in a society where people with disabilities were overlooked in the past.
In previous years, the slow uptake of BEE policies has created a less than desirable result in our country’s transformation. Companies soon began to realise that policies were here to stay and today we see less resistance and more inclusion.
Gone are the days of disabled persons being viewed as ‘lesser people.’ In some cultures, disability has been frowned on in the past but what we are finding is that disabled people are now even more driven and want to be educated and enabled; the barriers of disability must now be lifted, and empowerment must take place.
By working with corporates in line with the BEE Codes of Good Conduct, LFP Training has now trained more than 7 000 disabled and unemployed learners.
Learnerships are facilitated in a simulated environment at campuses around the country, while online courses are also available for employees looking to gain qualifications outside of working hours.