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Monday, 03 October 2011

Disability Unit’s new short course leads the way in recruiting and retaining people with disabilities

Caption: ENABLING OTHERS: BeatriceKoopman, Short Course co-ordinator and Business for Good’sHuman Resource Director.

The Disability Unit, headed by Dr Nina Du Toit, is working in partnership with Business for Good, a non-profit training consultancy, to bring the first-of-its-kind short course aimed at addressing issues relating to the disabled.

The course, which piloted in July, primarily looks at training human resource practitioners in the practices around recruiting and retaining people with disabilities.

Although the course is not restricted to recruiters, it has a strong focus on training and development, with six full-time participants ranging from private Corporates to other non-profit organisations and government departments; from recruitment officer to middle managers.

Thus far, the pilot is run over 13 weeks, with classes taking place on Thursday evenings for three hours with participants needing to complete 30 hours and submit a substantial portfolio of evidence in order to receive a CPUT-endorsed course certificate.

The course administration is done through the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), headed by Mike Du Plessis and currently holds a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 5 rating with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Course co-ordinator and Business for Good’sHuman Resource Director, BeatriceKoopman,says that the course is accessible to anyone who has an interest in issues of people with disabilities.

“For the pilot course offering, we identified participants in industry and government who we felt could benefit from the information we gathered and hope to develop confident ‘job coaches’ who can assist people with disabilities in finding suitable, fulfilling employment”, says Koopman.

“We offer knowledge and information to the potential or current employer about reasonable accommodation and legislation adherence, and some key benefits include creating sustainability, diversity and tolerance for the disabled members of our society to find their place in industry or public service”.

According to Dr Du Toit, who is also a moderator and one of the four course lecturers, potential students need to have either a grade 12 certificate or have grade 10 with at least five years experience in disability work placements. The course, although offered primarily in English, can be translated into Afrikaans, where needed.

She says: “So far the programme been well-received and we hope to run it again next year in February, so anyone who’s interested can contact the Disability Unit (via the CPUT website) for more information”.

By: Thando J. Moiloa

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za