Progression's Sharon Bard speaks at Australia's 2015 Disability Employment Conference

October 2015 The Australian Disability Employment Conference, presented by Disability Employment Australia, is the premier forum for managers, aspiring managers, practitioners and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector. Disability Employment Australia is an industry body for Australia’s Disability Services, whose primary purpose is to support the Australian Government to deliver high quality employment support to people with disabilities. As part of its on-going commitment to industry development and growth, Disability Employment Australia presents its annual conference to provide delegates with opportunities to think, question and respond to a range of critical issues in ways that are meaningful to their organisations, people with disabilities, employers and the industry more broadly. Sharon Bard, Australian born Diversity Specialist, who previously spearheade...
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Highlights from the Progression Disability Conference 2015

September 2015 The 4th annual Disability Conference which took place from 8-9 September 2015 in Pretoria, saw a number of keynote speakers exploring the tools, technologies and systems for creating accessibility for people with disabilities in the workplace. The annual Disability Conference, hosted by Progression, a specialist in the field of disability, aims to encourage companies to explore the core aspects of disability and provides a platform to build capacity, share success stories, challenge belief systems and learn practical tools to tackle disability matters in the workplace. Each year, the conference focuses on a different aspect of disability management. Because persons with disabilities are often not considered in employment due to negative perceptions regarding their ability to contribute, the perceived high cost of accommodating their disability or inaccessible workplaces, this year&rs...
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Progression gets hands on with SED

September 2015 Transformation driven company, Progression, recently announced a new partnership with Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Special Education Needs (SEN) Facilitator, Siyakwazi. The partnership is driven by both organisations’ values around empowerment, inclusion and accessibility for all. To begin the official partnership, members of the Progression team recently visited the lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal for four days of team-building and empowerment training. “The purpose of the Siyakwazi team building was two-fold,” explains Beth Cook, CEO of Progression, and director of the team-building exercise. “We wanted our staff to really understand our involvement from an SED perspective while giving back at a human level, but it was also important that we reconnected as a team and re-learnt appreciation for the value that each member adds." The team building ...
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Enabling Inclusive and Accessible Workplaces Requires an Open Mind

July 2015 Despite the numerous efforts by employers to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, many work environments still remain inaccessible for persons with disabilities, presenting both physical and attitudinal barriers. Reasonable accommodation is a solution which readily answers the subject of accessibility in the workplace with the aim to reduce the impact of the impairment on a person’s capacity to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation further gives organisations the opportunity to successfully integrate people with disabilities into their workforce as well as offering a broader perspective on people and skill opportunities for business. This is according to Julia Wood, Organisational Development Manager at Progression and Project Coordinator of the 2015 Disability Conference. This year’s conference theme will aim to explore tools, technologies...
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Progression comments on the Skills Development element of the revised B-BBEE codes
by Tarryn Mason

June 2015The B-BBEE QSE codes released on 6 May by the DTI recognises Persons with Disabilities under the Skills Development element. This was a welcome revision after the draft QSE codes released in Oct 2014 allocated no score or recognition for people with disabilities under any of the sections. Tarryn Mason, General Manager at Progression comments, “Small businesses contribute significantly to the South African economy. It is everyone’s responsibility to create an inclusive work environment and ensure that people with disabilities are not marginalised.” The new QSE codes also make provision for skills development expenditure for black people with disabilities, not just black employees. Previously any expenditure on skills initiatives outside of employees, for example a bursary, would have been recognised as Social Economic Development spend. “Companies that don’t hav...
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Progression announces new SED partner

May 2015 Progression, a transformation driven organisation which manages and implements Skills Development and disability employment equity strategy solutions for corporate South Africa, has partnered with Siyakwazi, a KwaZulu Natal-based NPO which implements Early Childhood Development (ECD) education and support for children with special education needs (SEN) within rural communities. “Progression is committed to transformation and inclusion at every level for all citizens of South Africa.” states Beth Cook, founder and CEO of Progression. “It was therefore critical for us to select a Social Economic Development (SED) partner that reflected these values.” Siyakwazi aims to engage with children as early as possible, identifying the development of children from 0 – 7 years as a critical period. “It is often the case that learning disabilities and poor ECD support...
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Progression achieves level one B-BBEE status

May 2015 Skills Development and Transformation driven company, Progression, announced an increase in its (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) B-BBEE scorecard from a level 2 to a level 1, based on the old codes. “I am very proud that our commitment to transformation has resulted in us achieving a Level 1 score,” states Beth Cook, founder and CEO of Progression. The news comes at a time when there has been much discussion around the release of the revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practise. “There are elements of the new codes that are going to challenge business in SA,” states Beth, “however we must remain mindful of the fact that the spirit of B-BBEE allows for incredible opportunities for many South Africans if it is used effectively.” Progression believes that including transformation as a core business value and reflecting it within the organisation’s po...
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Hope Mandeville Career Days Expo

April 2015 Progression recently participated in the 4th annual Hope-Mandeville Disability careers expo. The event, a joint venture by Hope School and Mandeville Disability Swimming, focuses on helping launch school-leavers with disabilities into careers that are right for them through formal employment, and skills development opportunities. Justene Smith, Progression’s Occupational Support Co-ordinator believes that the expo offers an excellent opportunity for opening the door of interaction between students and employers. “Many school-leavers are unclear of the value of work experience and are uncertain about the types of careers they would like to pursue.” states Justene. Participating in the expo offers Progression an opportunity to engage with young learners who will soon be ready to participate in the workplace. “Offering direction, career advice and making the learners...
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Progression invests in scarce skills through Apprenticeship programmes
by Candice Lambert

The scarcity of skilled Artisans in South Africa poses a real skills risk to certain economically active industries. Progression, a leading skills development and diversity management consultant, understands the challenge of aligning Skills Development Strategies with an organisation's core business all while meeting B-BBEE and other legislative requirements. In order to offer its clients the most appropriate Skills Initiatives, Progression recently elevated its Apprenticeship programme product offering. An Apprenticeship programme develops highly skilled tradesman which can assist companies in addressing the very real skills gap they face.  Progression’s Apprenticeship programmes now include accredited courses for Boilermaking, Pipe Fitting, Welding, Electrician, Fitter & Turner, Instrumentation, Tool, Jig & Diemaker, and Millwright. Candice Abrahams, Business Development Manager ...
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Progression takes local transformation and disability solutions to international heights

Progression, one of South Africa’s leading human resource development and transformation solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it will be establishing new operations in Melbourne Australia this year.  Having built its reputation for pioneering one of the most ground-breaking total disability equity solutions for private and public sector companies, Progression’s CEO, Beth Cook says that the company is delighted to have the opportunity to expand Progression’s international footprint, establish the brand globally and to share knowledge and best practise from both countries.  “It is our belief that South Africa and Australia will offer mutual learning opportunities that will grow the diversity, inclusion and transformational journeys of each country,” says Cook. “This exciting expansion is aligned to our strategic intent to gain international exp...
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