28 November 2012

South Africa: North West Rolls Out Mentorship Programme for Graduates With Disabilities

press release

A hundred graduates with disabilities are to be placed in all departments within the North West Provincial Administration, government entities and municipalities in an effort to contribute towards achievement of employment equity targets for employment of persons with disabilities Premier Thandi Modise declared on Wednesday.

Premier Modise said that the objective of the disabilities internship programme is to provide unemployed graduates with disabilities from universities, FET Colleges as well as those who have obtained any Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) qualification with work experience, mentorship and coaching for a period of 12 months to increase their employability and absorption into the open labour market.

"The programme is in line with government's transformational imperatives and will contribute towards achievement of employment equity targets in relation to the employment of persons with disabilities," highlighted Modise.

The disabilities internship programme is to be implemented by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SSETA) in partnership with the Disabled People South Africa and the provincial government.

In addition to funding a stipend of R3000 per month and a transport allowance of R500, SSETA will procure assistive devices required in line with reasonable accommodation needs. The devises will be owned by the participating graduate learners at the end of the 12 month Internship programme.

SSETA will also provide disability sensitive training and sign language interpretation workshop for mentors and coaches appointed by the host employer prior the rollout of the programme.

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