Babcock success story - Not just ticking the box but working towards sustainable transformation.

With an extensive footprint in Southern Africa and 125 years of service excellence, Babcock partners in the management of critically important assets that help to bring power to our homes and businesses, carry out work for infrastructure growth and enable the long-haul collection and delivery of goods within Southern Africa. When Babcock approached Progression in 2014 about implementing a learnership programme in response to their skills development strategy, Progression was eager to be a part of and help drive this journey of transformation. “We had never implemented such a programme before and were unsure what to expect when integrating learners with disabilities into our workforce, but felt that it could potentially add value to the overall organization. What I did know was that the journey we were about to embark on would be one filled with an abundance of learning curves, opportunities to...
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Butterflies of the Month Show the Way to Success.

Progression was elated to attend the recent graduation of 3 remarkable learners who have reached every learner’s ultimate goal - moving from learner to permanent employee. Colin Gooderham, Kutlwano Molebatsi and Lebogang Lekwana are our Butterflies of the Month for December and January. These learners started their journey at Babcock four years ago and have successfully completed a number of learnerships. Kutlwano Molebatsi has completed Business Administration NQF level 3 and 4 learnerships as well as an Accounting Technician NQF level 3 learnership at Babcock. Kutlwano states that being part of a multimillion rand company while working towards his own goals motivated him to take part in these learnerships. He goes on to highlight the importance of having an education and up-skilling yourself by stating, “With continuous technological advancements and the need for skilled employee...
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Is HIV/AIDS a Disability?
by Justene Smith

For the past 28 years, the 1st of December has been commemorated as World AIDS Day, highlighting the plight of the pandemic and also celebrating the momentous strides made in combating the virus.  On its 29th anniversary, under the theme, “The Right to Health”, the day’s focus will be on raising awareness and educating people on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). In a country where over seven million people (12,6% of the population) are living with HIV, there have been calls to categorise the epidemic as a disability. Disability expert at Progression, Justene Smith, argues the pandemic can lead to disabilities. “There are situations where HIV/AIDS can prevent an individual from performing the inherent requirements of their job and can have a negative impact on their performance. In such cases, HIV/AIDS could be classified...
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Progression partners with NPO Siyakwazi in community development initiative

October marked Social Development Month. This year it is commemorated under the theme, “Working Together to Build Caring and Sustainable Communities for All”. In celebration of Social Development Month, Progression invites organisations to give back to the community through our exciting new project. Progression has partnered with Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Special Education Needs (SEN) Facilitator, Siyakwazi, in an innovative new skills development project. The partnership is driven by both organisations’ values around empowerment, inclusion and accessibility for all. The Siyakwazi project Siyakwazi focuses on giving support to children within rural communities of the Ugu district, no matter what their disability, learning problem or circumstances may be, to help unlock their full potential and overcome any barriers preventing success. The organisation employs voluntee...
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Let's Talk Mental Health | Conference Breakdown

Johannesburg, November 7 2017. A vast majority of South Africans experiencing a mental illness are not afforded treatment largely due to a lack of resources in our health care system. This came out at the 6th annual Disability Conference hosted by equity solutions company, Progression in Johannesburg. Research shows that as much as 85 percent of South African’s do not receive treatment for mental illnesses.  “Reasons differ, but among the most common issues for people not being treated for mental illnesses are lack of awareness surrounding their condition, the stigma associated with mental disability, access to effective treatment and cultural beliefs,” said Justene Smith of Progression. In the spirit of Disability Awareness Month (03 November- 03 December), Progression focused on mental disability in the workplace. “A lot of people don’t even know that mental ...
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Butterfly of the Month November 2017

We would like to congratulate Fatima Kungunde as November’s Butterfly of the Month. Fatima is in the process of completing her Business Administration NQF 4 learnership in the Dispatch department of Multotec (PTY) Ltd. According to Fatima, through her learnership, she has achieved many things that seemed impossible in the past. “Personally, I have gained valuable experience and skills in both Business Administration as well as Logistics. Professionally, I have acquired many skills, including telephonic manners, communication skills, self and workplace discipline as well as the relevant skills needed to succeed in the workplace,” comments Fatima. She goes on to list her achievements while on her learnership, “I have built myself a career in logistics, I am able to handle problems without any supervision, I work under pressure perfectly and have become a much stronger and bett...
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Boost your B-BBEE Scorecard with Progression's Disability Rights Awareness Month Promotion

In celebration of the upcoming National Disability Rights Awareness Month, Progression will be offering a free Disability Awareness Day (valued at R30 000) to clients who sign off on the below learnerships. T's&C's apply. Business Administration NQF 2 This qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in the administration function in any organisation. It contains all the competencies, skills and values required by a learner who wishes to access the National Certificate in Business Administration Services at NQF: Level 3. The core component contains competencies in information handling, communications, enterprise/customer service, business policies and procedures, among others. For more information about this qualification click here. National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Sales Practice NQF 3 The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners to unde...
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Disability Day: What Is It and Why Is It Important for My Organisation?

With many companies striving towards diversifying their workforce, people with disabilities are becoming increasingly integrated into organisations. Yet, despite these efforts, workplaces remain largely inaccessible to people with disabilities, with physical and attitudinal barriers still presenting a major challenge. Creating awareness around disability is the first step to addressing these challenges. Hosting a Disability Day at your organisation is an excellent and innovative way of bringing awareness and education around disability, to the workplace.  What does a Disability Day entail? Progression will spend five hours onsite providing expert advice, tools and strategies to the entire organisation. During this time, a number of topics will be explored including unpacking the definition of disability and its scope; What is Reasonable Accommodation and who is entitled to it; Best Practice ar...
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Bringing Disability Awareness to the Workplace

 “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see the person as more.” – Robert M. Hensel Progression’s new film provides a valuable and cost-effective way to bring disability awareness to your organisation. Disability in the workplace, as well as in society itself, is a topic surrounded by stigma, apprehension and countless questions. Progression believes that, through the sharing of information around disability, these stigmas and fears can be replaced with acceptance and inclusiveness. Creating an informed, accepting and inclusive workplace and society, where disability is seen as part of normal human experience, is a vision shared by Progression and many corporates. Many organisations are striving towards diversifying their workforce and including people with disabilities among their staff. However, creating an environment where disability is ce...
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Butterfly of the Month - September 2017

Progression is delighted to celebrate Tanduxolo Mxatule as our Butterfly of the Month for September. Tanduxolo is currently completing his Business Administration NQF 3 learnership with Biovac Institute. Not only has Tanduxolo performed exceptionally well throughout his learnership thus far, but we are also pleased to announce that he has been offered the position of Receptionist at Biovac – a clear example that hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Tanduxolo stresses the importance of gaining an education and furthering your skills set by stating, “Education and skills open doors and lead to amazing opportunities.” In addition to his permanent position, this learnership has also provided Tanduxolo with an opportunity to learn time management and communication skills, gain valuable workplace experience and improve his self-confidence. Tanduxolo offers his recipe for suc...
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