The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape launched its two-month QASA Work Readiness Programme in April. On Friday, May 31, the candidates celebrated their graduation after completing the programme, which aims to provide soft employment skills for personal and professional growth to secure mainstream permanent employment for people with disabilities.
The graduates were Rashied Abrahams, Yongama Fuzane, Ricardo Lodewyk, Anda Mthulu, Nokulunga Mdingi and Zara Talmarkes. At the graduation ceremony, Abrahams, Lodewyk, Mthulu, Mdingi and Talmarkes delivered presentations to prospective employers on the value proposition of employing persons with disabilities.
The prospective employers were from various sectors including finance, securities, technology and child welfare. The presentations were executed successfully and each candidate encouraged the audience to ask them questions about their goals and their future endeavours. Afterwards, many important relationships were forged as the graduates and prospective employers had the opportunity to network over a light lunch.
Ari Seirlis is the CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and managing editor of Rolling Inspiration. email: firstname.lastname@example.org