Park Inn Newlands raises the bar

"A real shing example of responsible tourism and inclusion", announced at the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Newlands on 4 December 2014, one day after International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The partnership between Park Inn Newlands and DeafSa, displays true commitment toward transformation within South Africa. To read the full article follow the link below. http://www.idc.co.za/home/media-room/articles/753-unique-hotel-raises-bar-for-innovation,-responsible-tourism.html
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Progression's Year End Stocking Filler

As if reaping the rewards of sustainable skills development wasn’t already enticing enough, Progression is providing even more incentive for you this November and December to get on board with our Learnership Programmes. For every end-user Learnership agreement signed during November and December, we’ll throw in a FREE LAPTOP, pre-loaded with Office 365 and our full training course and material. Access to our exceptional training facilities has never been easier or more rewarding. Benefits include: Easy technological transition and application from classroom to workplace Enhanced and effective learning experience No need for employers to supply learners with IT hardware for Learnership No CAPEX required for assets/computers as it forms part of Skill Development spend Contact Progression to take advantage of this offer and take your Skills Development to the next level in 2015....
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Tidy Files Successfully Implements a Skills & Employment Equity Audit
by Sharon Bard

When Tidy Files, a leading local provider of end-to-end filing and storage solutions required a comprehensive Employment Equity and Skills Development plan, it turned to Progression, a leader in Human Capital and Transformation solutions. Progression would support and guide the company through a best practice Disability Equity Audit and Skills Audit that would link into its Employment Equity, Skills Development and B-BBEE strategies. The Challenge: Since its establishment in 1978, Tidy Files has developed into a leading provider of complete filing and archiving solutions. Having experienced significant growth over the years, with a nationwide client base and representation in other African countries, the company has a customer base of some 14 000, growing at a rate of an average of 100 customers per month. The company employs just over 300 people. In order to meet its legislative requirements, Tidy...
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Progression Celebrates Disability Awareness Month

Progression celebrates Disability Rights Awareness Month by speaking directly to the people in the know. During November and the first week of December, Progression will be posting video interviews of people with a disability where they discuss how they experience their rights in the workplace, and in their communities. They also share insights into what it’s like to live with a disability and what it takes to succeed in the corporate world. Lutendo Mfumba, Progression’s Support Administrator and a person living with a disability, is the director and producer of this campaign. She believes that speaking directly to the people who experience it is vital in creating awareness and acceptance around disability. "This campaign must help people with disabilities to understand their rights and also to understand other peoples’ experiences", explains Lutendo. The team at Progression hopes...
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PWD not recognised in draft QSE codes (comment before 14 Nov)

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 draft QSE codes have been released and there is no score or recognition given to people with disabilities under any of the sections. As such, we strongly recommend that the DTI re-introduce recognition for people with disabilities under Employment Equity or Skills Development. Read the draft QSE BEE codes and please send your comments to the two DTI contacts below before 14 November 2014.   Ms Lumka Kemele Trade and Industry Advisor-B-BBEE Email: LKemele@thedti.gov.za Tel: 012 394 5469 Fax: 012 394 6469   AND   Ms Kumbe Mhlongo Equity Equivalent Secretariate-B-BBEE Email: KMhlongo@thedti.gov.za Tel: 012 394 1892 Fax: 012 394 2892...
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"It's the Ability not Disability that Counts"

1 October 2014 - "Managing disabilty in the workplace should, like any other human capital management function, respect and support a company's strategic intent, thus ensuring an outcome is sustainable and reflects true strategic growth." Insight into Progression's best practise model surrounding Disability Equity in the workplace, as featured in the 2nd issue of TFM Magazine. Open the attachment to read the full article.
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Sustainable Skills Development Strategies

20 August 2014 - We live and work in a diverse and challenging environment. Businesses are being put under enormous pressure to comply with legislation and guidelines in terms of managing an inclusive workplace. Being a part of a country which promotes diversity and inclusion poses a very real challenge in terms of aligning oneself in the competitive landscape. Effects of the Modern Workplace The modern workplace has paved the way for a number of emerging trends, the primary being a shift from an industry based to a knowledge based economy. Rapid advancements in technology and the call for flatter and more flexible work environments have had a large impact on how we go about conducting business and how we adapt the structure of jobs to enhance competitive advantage. We are not only dealing with multicultural environments, but also cross generational landscapes, and an aging, but work active populati...
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Solving the Disability Piece of the Skills Development Puzzle

28 May 2014 - The 3rd Annual Progression and TDCI Disability Equity ConferenceEnsuring compliance with Employment Equity legislation through Skills Development planning can often be a daunting task for those Human Resources professionals, who are tasked with processing this function inside their organisations. Add to that the complexities of Disability Equity and the process can seem ever more challenging. The procedure involved in completing the Disability Equity piece of the puzzle may at first seem complex and challenging. However, with all the Skills Development pieces in place, it is a highly rewarding long-term investment.This is according to Beth Cook, CEO of Progression, an equity-owned company, aimed at successfully integrating more people living with disabilities into the workplace.“This year we will be taking you through the practical ways in which Disability Equity fits in with the r...
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Social Disorganisation - Are we truly creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities?

10 July 2014 - Embracing difference is key to successful diversity management. South African companies need to look beyond stereotypes created by social organisation, to unlock the inherent talent in people with disabilities in the workplace. This is according to Sharon Bard, Diversity Manager at Progression, a company that helps both people with disabilities and employers create an empowered and diverse workplace. “In a country that theoretically embraces difference through various legislation, there are still so many barriers that surround people with disabilities and their career advancement,” says Bard, who has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Sustainable Management of Disability in the Workplace. “The barriers don’t lie with the person who has a disability,” she explains, “but rather with the attitudes constructed around our social organisatio...
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Up-skilling, an essential ingredient to Competitive Advantage

11 April 2014 - Progression recently hosted an interactive and informative breakfast workshop which focused on adding 'colour' to the Skills Development Element of the revised B-BBEE scorecard. The main purpose of the workshop was to have an intimate and debated discussion on the effects on business brought about by the revised codes and the best route to maximise points on the Skills Development element of the triple-BEE scorecard. The workshop also explored the multiple forces affecting business practise today and how using the codes as a guideline towards transformation can drastically improve an organisation's sustainable competitive advantage. Tarryn Mason, General Manger at Progression and Julia Wilkinson, the company's Organisational Development Manager were able to shed some light on the revised codes, but more importantly highlighted the necessity for the 'bigger picture' of Skills Developme...
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