The learners with disabilities in Johannesburg South, benefited from the Work Readiness Event which kicked off this month.
While the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities may be widely acknowledged, demystifying, and highlighting the largely marginalised disability sector as well as the sourcing and accessing of relevant skills within this sector remains a challenge.
Adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols, 50 Grade 11 and 12 students heard from industry experts about how to prepare for life beyond school. Topics included how to handle a job interview, drafting of a winning CV and more about accessing university for students with disabilities.
Event sponsor for the day, Massmart, shared with students about opportunities for future applicants looking to work at this diverse and continuously developing wholesale company.
Human Capital Manager at Massmart, Dolly Nqonqi spoke on the importance of disability inclusion at the company and encouraged students to put forward their CVs in hopes of employment post-matric. She explained that there are learnerships specially designed for persons with disabilities, as Massmart aims to prioritize the inclusion of all candidates.
She addressed the students, “We are looking for people just like you. People who are talented and capable of creating a prosperous future for themselves and wanting to join a dynamic organisation like Massmart. We have programmes for persons with disabilities which help them flourish and become their best selves. Massmart is an amazing organization to work for. Inclusion is at the core of what we do.”