Deaf Awareness – A Good Story?

Learnerships seek to make positive contribution to SA’s disabled workforce

With Deaf Awareness Month in full swing, it is important to identify positive and powerful stories that empower our fellow deaf South Africans. Employment for disabled citizens is currently an issue with around 2.9 million South Africans living with disabilities, yet only one percent having jobs. With this disappointing statistic in mind, iLearn has partnered with Altech Netstar, in pioneering the vehicle tracking and recovery industry while empowering deaf South Africans.

An integrated, robust effort from the public and private sector is required to boost employment levels among the country’s disabled workforce.

As the country observes Deaf Awareness Month, Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn – a leading South African learning solutions company, which offers a range of Learnerships, short courses and digital learning solutions says, “an urgent intervention is necessary” to boost employment levels among the country’s disabled.

“These figures are alarming. We need to do a lot more to strengthen our disabled workforce and aid career development and business growth. But it’s a collective effort. A good place to start is with skills development through Learnership programmes. This ensures that an individual will be up-skilled in an area of significance and in-turn make a positive contribution to that industry and society as a whole,” Rayne says.

To demonstrate iLearn’s commitment to growing the amount of employed disabled South Africans, the organisation has partnered with Altech Netstar, pioneers in the vehicle tracking and recovery industry in South Africa.  For the next 12-months learners with hearing loss will be trained to monitor the video feeds that are an integral element of the fleet management systems of one of the country’s largest bus operators.

The team of learners with hearing loss will be trained through a Business Administration NQF Level 3 Learnership programme on the best way to monitor drivers and staff using on-board cameras and report on daily activities, particularly those that relate to the safety and security of drivers, as well as the 350 000 commuters transported every day.