Connecting People with Disabilities and Employers
Finding the right talent can be difficult, but there are, thankfully, ways to create a pipeline of fantastic candidates who want to work for your company and will stay for the long haul. Learnerships, for example, make it easier to find and hire qualified people, especially those living with disabilities. Employers may be concerned about the costs of needed job accommodations when considering hiring employees with disabilities, but these concerns are mostly unfounded.
Research also indicates that businesses that take the initiative to employ people with disabilities, whether through learnerships or other means, increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. In addition, employers discover untapped potential and improve bottom-line results.
Debunking Stigmas and Misconceptions
Skills Junction is committed to combating workplace stigmas and misconceptions about people with disabilities. We delve deep and put ideas to the test to help people living with disabilities navigate the path to finding and keeping meaningful employment opportunities. By offering truly inclusive learnership programmes and expanding access for youth with disabilities, we provide tools, resources, and solutions to both disabled participants and employers. We know from experience that when people with disabilities have access to needed workplace accommodations, they are fully capable of performing successfully in a wide range of work environments.
Gain Additional Points on the B-BBEE Skills Development Element
Skills Junction works very hard to advance access to high-quality learnerships for people with disabilities through collaboration with businesses, resulting in increased economic opportunity. The training costs of unemployed learners can be claimed (including stipends paid to these learners) through the R120,000.00 (disabled) tax break per participant registered on learnerships (Section 12H) as well as SETA mandatory grants. The additional B-BBEE points are as follows;
- 4-points can be earned if at least 0.3% of the total payroll is spent on learning programmes for disabled black persons
- 5-bonus points can be earned if previously unemployed learners are gainfully employed on the conclusion of their learnership (target being 5% of headcount)
Skills Junction is a QCTO and SETA accredited training provider and a Level 1 EME with 100% B-BBEE compliance and 135% procurement recognition.
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