Solving the Employee Resource Challenge for SMEs

March 2016 People are the driving force of any business however, amongst the challenges facing SMEs is the lack of vital Human Resources. The ever changing business landscape and limited resources can make hiring employees a great challenge. “Finding the right employees for any business can be demanding. Couple this with the issue of limited resources and small margin for error and the Human Resources function of an SME becomes an enormous challenge,” comments Candice Lambert, Strategic Business Developer at Progression. In addressing the above challenge, Progression, a leading Human Capital Solutions provider, would like to invite SMEs to participate in hosting and mentoring learners in line with their clients’ Skills Development programmes. The hosting programme follows a simple process which places a learner in a workplace whilst they are working towards the completion of a for...
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Progression's 2015 Highlights: Disability Awareness & Inclusion at the Forefront

January 2016 Progression, specialists in the disability field, has taken great strides in creating awareness and education around disability and skills development in the workplace. The company, which has assisted corporate South Africa to manage disability for 12 years and has provided learning and employment opportunities to thousands of people with disabilities, looks back on the successes of 2015 and new goals for 2016. The beginning of 2015 marked a challenging time for Progression who was tasked with addressing the amended Codes of Good Practice in South Africa. However the year, when approached with hard work, enormous team effort and a strong code of promoting learning and growth, resulted in the success of a number of projects that positively influenced the way forward for disability in South Africa. Progression features at 2015 Disability Conference Australia The relocation of Progressi...
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Progression features in TFM Volume 1

January 2016 Progression has been aligned with TFM Magazine since its launch in October 2013. The magazine is the first specialist business-to-business publication focusing on the 2013 Revised Codes of Good Practice (as per legislation), with the core aim of promoting the holistic benefits of a Transforming South Africa. In our commitment to ensuring Best Practice around the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace, Progression has endeavoured to ensure insightful and value-adding contributions within each issue of TFM Magazine. Progression are therefore proud to announce that ‘TFM Volume 1’, a collection of insights from the previous 6 issues, will be published and distributed in early 2016. “Volume 1 will address the information shortfall currently being experienced by Transformation Executives and their relevant committees, Exco Boards as well as Human Resource,...
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Progression's New Disability Product Brings Awareness to the Workplace

October 2015 It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. Often, the societal perception of persons with disabilities is impacted by attitudes based on stigma and discrimination that are often the greatest barrier to the full and equal participation in society for persons with disabilities." – UN Enable  From 3 November to 3 December, South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Month. In celebration of this, Progression is launching an exciting new product campaign which brings disability experts to your organisation’s workplace for the purpose of driving awareness and inclusion around disability in the workplace. 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...
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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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