The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) has launched its Work Readiness Programme to address the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities – specifically wheelchair users. The programme was developed after research by the non-profit found that prospective employers felt wheelchair users were not ready for the corporate environment and have little or no work experience.
Through the programme, wheelchair users will have the opportunity to learn soft skills over two months at the various QASA regional offices before they are placed with businesses in 12-month internships. QASA will provide each wheelchair user with reasonable accommodation and a salary!
The first 12 candidates have been selected and are currently undergoing their soft-skills training. There are six candidates in the Western Cape and six in Gauteng. The programme includes:
- A psychometric assessment and report;
- Disability rights training;
- Computer and office equipment skills;
- Stress management;
- Business ethics;
- Motivating and building a team;
- Effective leadership skills;
- Basic business finance;
- Productivity and time management;
- Interview skills; and
- Career guidance and counselling.
While the current programme is at capacity, you can still email your CV along with a motivational letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for future programmes. You are required to be a QASA member, and you need to be unemployed and preferably between the ages of 18 and 35.
Companies are also welcome to get involved in the programme at any time. For more information contact QASA by emailing email@example.com or calling 031 767 0348.