Bringing Awareness To Epilepsy

Progression was proud to take part in the “Walk for Epilepsy Awareness” on the 26th of March held in Sandton. The walk commemorated and celebrated “International Purple Day”, an international epilepsy awareness day, dedicated to educating people about epilepsy. A crowd of enthusiastic and passionate people made their way from Sandton City to Mercedes Benz, where they were met by refreshments, loads of sweets and fun entertainment. A fun and exciting day was had by all, the Progression team included. Supporting and bringing awareness to those who live with epilepsy and other disabilities is an important, and often overlooked, responsibility for all South African citizens and starts with education. Epilepsy, which is also known as a seizure disorder, is a common condition that affects the brain and nervous system. It has been estimated that approximately one in every 100...
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Progression Walks For a Purpose

The 31st of March was a colourful, fun and informative day as Progression, in partnership with Cheshire Home, hosted a walk for awareness. The 1 km walk aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of people with disabilities (PWD), with a special emphasis placed on autism in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day which took place on April 2nd.   Participants then travelled in unison to the Regina Mundi Church. The passion and excitement was evident as song and laughter filled the streets. Once inside the Church, Phil Hall, Acting Manager of LRC, opened proceedings with the following statement, “I have walked the streets of Soweto many times, but today was the first time I walked these streets with a purpose, surrounded by some of the most determined and motivational people I know”.  This was followed by the inspiring stories of Michael Sive, Mamosese Mosese and Progres...
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Addressing HR development and transformation requirements
by Candice Lambert

With roots dating back to 1994, and formerly known as Phumelela Africa, Phumaf is a South African professional engineering organisation that specialises in civil engineering and project management. Phumaf sees itself as not merely consulting engineers, but rather the provider of engineering solutions that touch people’s lives. In February 2015, Phumaf approached Progression about implementing a learnership programme in response to their skills development strategy and business imperatives. The Business Challenge  As part of the skills development strategy that was implemented, Phumaf, together with Progression, implemented a 12 month Learnership programme for four contract workers based in the Kroonstad region. “This was in response to Phumaf’s mandate to empower people who ultimately impact on their bottom line,” comments Candice Lambert, Business Development Consultan...
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WSP & ATR Submission Deadline is Approaching

February 2017 Progression wishes to remind companies participating in Skills Development initiatives that they are required to submit their Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Annual Training Reports (ATR) by 28 April 2017. Progression is able to assist employers with their WSP & ATR submissions. All documents must be received by 15 March 2017.  Below are some useful tips on why do you need to submit your WSP & ATR reports? Recover up to 20% mandatory grant from Skills Development Levies paid to SARS in the financial period. Your WSP & ATR can be used as an application for a discretionary grant for training in the skills that are essential for productivity and competitiveness. Points can be earned under the New BBBEE Codes for the Skills Development priority element pending successful submission of WSP & ATR. Skills Development contributes towards succession plan...
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Progression launches special for National Disability Rights Awareness Month

To kick off National Disability Rights Awareness Month, Progression will be offering a free Disability Awareness Day (valued at R30 000) to clients who sign off on learnership programmes for the January/ February 2017 period. We have the following learnership groups starting in 2017 HR Management NQF 4 This learmership has been introduced to address the need for qualified HR Practioners and is SABPP-accredited. The programme aims to prepare learners in supporting the Human Resources function within a business and to fulfil a strong support role towards their company’s Human Resource Manager For more information about this qualification click here National Diploma: Occupational Health & Safety NQF 5 There is a critical need in the industry for a practical qualification in occupational safety, to allow qualified learners to manage and apply safety principles within all business ...
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Progression's Panel Event advocates Disability Awareness

November 2016 On 20 September 2016 Progression’s Assessment Centre, Access@Progression, hosted its first ever disability panel event at the Southern Sun Hyde Park. The 4-hour session, presented in a Q&A format, allowed a panel of experts to answer employers’ questions and unpacked best practice approaches to integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. The event was well attended by HR Professionals, Employment Equity Managers, Occupational Therapists and other specialists in the disability field. Panel speakers included Keshika Naidoo (Occupational Therapist), Justene Smith (Disability Specialist), Donne Lance (Clinical Psychologist), Laurentia Truter (Disability Law Expert) and Tarryn Mason (Event Host and General Manager at Progression). Each speaker brought their own unique knowledge, insight and perspectives to the discussion and were able to talk delegates through t...
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Progression's Assessment Centre Announces Panel Event

August 2016 Progression’s recently launched Assessment Centre is happy to announce that it will be introducing a new Disability event to its clients in September. The event will take the form of a panel discussion incorporating facilitated Question & Answer sessions with a variety of industry experts who will unpack why employing people with disabilities makes business sense, as well as addressing some of the challenges and successes that employers experience when integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring to our clients a panel of speakers who will be able to present their insights and experience,” comments Zarina Bulbulia, who heads up Progression’s Assessment Centre. “We hope that the format of the session will empower employers with information that is relevant to them when it comes to successfully i...
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Inclusion of People with Disabilities Starts with a Conversation

June 2016  “Not everyone with a disability experiences their condition in the same way. It therefore follows that reasonable accommodation cannot be the same for every individual with a disability.” So how does an employer reasonably accommodate a person with a disability in their workplace? This was just one of the key questions and messages surrounding this year’s 5th Annual Disability Conference, hosted by the Progression team (for the first time in Cape Town) on 9th June 2016, which explored the tools, technologies and systems for reasonably accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace. The conference was well attended by HR and EE Managers, Transformation Specialists, Health & Wellness Practitioners and CEO’s from around South Africa. Tarryn Mason, General Manager at Progression and host for the 2016 event, guided speakers through a variety of topics...
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Progression's Assessment Centre Offers Leading Disability Solutions

May 2016 Progression, leading disability specialists and Human Resource Development consulting firm, recently announced the formation of its new Assessment Centre - a project which aims to empower inclusion and accessibility for all people with disabilities. The Assessment Centre, a collaboration between Progression and a body of experienced professionals, disability specialists and registered Occupational Therapists, aims to offer organisations and individuals the opportunity to fully participate in an inclusive and accessible workplace. The initiative aims to offer some of Progression’s existing disability-related products and services to a wider audience. “Where previously Progression has focused on offering disability solutions to corporate South Africa in line with requirements of Employment Equity Legislation and the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, various services will now be avai...
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Progression's Disability Conference Unpacks Reasonable Accommodation

April 2016 Continuing the success of 2015’s Disability Conference, Progression is bringing its 5th Annual Disability Conference for the first time to Cape Town, at the Protea Fire & Ice! Hotel on Thursday 9 June 2016. The programme, which will run over one day, aims to unpack what reasonable accommodation is, its background in relation to legislation and disability in the workplace, what technology is available to provide solutions to reasonable accommodation and will explore the accessibility of our physical environments. What is Reasonable Accommodation? In South Africa, reasonable accommodation is ensured through the Employment Equity Act No. 55 of 1998. The concept of reasonable accommodation, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, is designed to provide a fair, non-judgemental, accessible mechanism to explore the possibilities which exist within a business, with the view on minimi...
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