South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D), a non-profit employer organisation, is expanding its services and offering people with disabilities an opportunity to make their CVs available directly to SAE4D member companies.
According to SAE4D Chairman, Dr Jerry Gule, the revised BBBEE codes of good practice which will take effect next year, as well as the new National Disability Policy which is scheduled to be released towards the end of this year, will require businesses to start paying considerably more attention to all issues surrounding the employment of people with disabilities.
“While the codes and the new policy are aimed at encouraging businesses to employ more people with disabilities, one of the greatest challenges that businesses raise often is the inability to source suitably qualified people with disabilities” he said.
“At the same time, people with disabilities find it frustratingly difficult to find employment – particularly with organisations that are willing not only to employ them, but also to empower them to take their rightful place as integrated, productive members of staff.”
SAE4D, which is committed to addressing issues confronting the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace, is increasing its efforts to bring together potential employees with disabilities and companies that are committed to the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace.
To this end people with disabilities are invited to submit their CVs to SAE4D. These will be made available to its members through the member portal on the SAE4D website.
The service is free for potential employees with disabilities.
“However, it is important to note that SAE4D is not an employment agency. We do not conduct interviews, advertise positions, screen or recommend employees for particular positions. Our goal is only to provide a platform to bring together potential employees and employers,” Dr Gule concluded.