eDeaf is proud to provide partnered solutions to some of the most well known, established and high-profile businesses and brands in South Africa. We believe this displays our proven competency and reputation amongst not only the Deaf community but businesses and brands alike.
WHY PARTNER WITH eDEAF:
A brief summary of why it makes business sense to adopt a partnered solutions approach with eDeaf:
- We are a B-BBEE Level 2 accredited company, with a recognition level of 125%
- We are a 51% black, designated group (Deaf), women-owned business
- We offer a variety of skills development solutions designed to meet your needs
- Our offerings are aligned to the latest B-BBEE codes
- Our learnerships are SETA Accredited Qualifications, ranging from an NQF Level 2 to NQF Level 5
- We have a fully incorporated learner management system (LMS) allowing you to track your learners, their progress and gives you easy access to required documentation
- In addition, we have both Enterprise and Supplier Development partnered solutions offerings
The biggest testament to what has been achieved is the 2500 students who have gained a formal qualification and are now employed by over 120 different businesses in various fields and this number is growing. Our focus continues to be on the recruitment and facilitation of the employment of the highest calibre, qualified eDeaf students into various careers.
Here are some of the many clients we are proud to have been able to provide a variety of partnered solutions to:
Sindile Gigaba was previously an IT learner at eDeaf in Durban and expressed her passion to be involved in a corporate company in an administrative role.
Monitor was open-minded in their approach to recruiting a Deaf person, as they already had embraced a number of differently abled staff. Monitor then interviewed Sindile through an interpreter and they found her skills and personality matched the requirements of the job and she was given an opportunity to do workplace experience for a week. The experience was a success and Sindile Gigaba was formally introduced to the team. eDeaf provided an interpreter for the first full day so that all the necessary instructions and responsibilities could be explained clearly in her primary language, South African Sign Language (SASL).
Sindile is a hard worker and she integrated beautifully with the rest of the team. To aid communication, Sindile holds weekly SASL classes for the staff. We love to provide partnered solutions to companies whose values match our own!
We are proud to announce our that we have a partnership with three industry giants in the wholesale and retail sector, Mr Price and Spar. Previously unemployed Deaf learners will be embarking on a 12 month NQF Level 2 Wholesale & Retail learnership in 2019.
Practical training takes place at the stores which have been sensitized to Deaf Culture and communication tactics. Theory training is carried out by experienced Deaf facilitators in South African Sign Language. Once these learners graduate there will be permanent employment opportunities.
Edcon has employed 20 Deaf staff nationally with the support of eDeaf.
eDeaf Success Story - Edcon
When eDeaf was established in 2007 the goal from both Nazreen Captieux-Bhana and Jesse Kotze was clear – How can we help Deaf people to Empower themselves? By Employing and Empowering the Deaf community through training and education, could we make a real difference and assist with employment that integrates the Deaf community into the very fabric of society? eDeaf began by embarking on achieving and empowering social change and paved the way to change the perceptions of what is known about Deafness. Through our partnered solutions approach eDeaf strives to produce students who have the relevant skills and training needed, are of the highest standards and have the ability to do the job.
One of the most successful partnerships for the Deaf community was that of Shoprite Checkers and eDeaf. As a company and brand, Shoprite should be lauded for being the first Wholesale and Retail group in South Africa to actively promote the learning, development and placement of Deaf individuals. As early as 2008, Shoprite Checkers embarked on a “Decade of the Deaf” programme which, in conjunction with eDeaf as the accredited training provider, has now trained 1 000 learners, in a NQF Level 2 qualification, in Wholesale and Retail.
Form the Deaf community perspective this has meant that 1000 young Deaf adults, from what was always previously an “economically inactive” group of society, are now being given the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills for employment and exposure to the working world.
In addition to the training, a number of Deaf sensitization courses have taken place throughout the Shoprite Checkers group and has aided in helping to overcome both perceived and practical barriers of hiring a Deaf staff member. eDeaf provided a holistic service which supports both the company and the individual to ensure seamless integration. Fears or misconceptions are often completely unfounded and the best news is that a number of the hearing staff of Shoprite Checkers are now able to communicate in basic SASL through regular interactions with their Deaf colleagues. Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and posters are placed within the stores to show customers how to sign certain words, this has lead to the Deaf community in these stores being an active part of the societal fabric and not an outsider with no means of interaction.
The programme has been immensely successful due to the valuable partnered solutions approach adopted by both companies, as well as the passion and tenacity shown by the Deaf learners who have been given a chance to prove themselves as competent, capable and ready to work. This passion has not been overlooked by the Shoprite Group Head office either – One of the eDeaf learners Tobias Shozi has been promoted to the role of manager at the Chatsworth, KZN store and is a shining example to many of just what can be achieved.
To see more about Tobias’ journey go to: https://edeaf.co.za/tobiass-story/
Sibonelo Ndwandwe empowered by eDeaf & Shoprite Checkers
eDeaf aims to break down the stereotype that Deaf people less capable than hearing people in the working environment. Through various education and employment opportunities, the team at eDeaf have been able to do just that: Prove that Deaf candidates are just as capable as hearing candidates. The key to the success of eDeaf’s approach stems from the question that forms the foundation eDeaf was built on, “How can we help the Deaf to empower themselves?”.
The journey of the eDeaf and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) partnership has been one that has flourished and grown over the past 3 years. The partnership between eDeaf and CDH was from the outset not one of convenience, but rather a proactive approach by two entities that endeavoured to address various socio economic issues in terms of employment equity and more particularly, one of sustainable transformation. As a company and brand, CDH should be lauded for being a true transformation champion. This is clear when one sees the CDH team standpoint on transformation: “We face the challenge of transformation and empowerment head on. We are a truly South African law firm where transformation is about living our values and principles.”
eDeaf and CDH are both strongly focused on partnered solutions and believe that the right partnership can lead to great things. On the outset of the collaboration, CDH utilised their skills development spend to sponsor a number of learners in terms of training during which the Deaf learners are upskilled IT skills (NQF 3 and 4 level training). This sponsorship was repeated at the end of the first year, and a different group of Deaf learners received relevant skills and training needed to perform and function optimally in a working environment. The aim of this training was to provide young Deaf adults, previously considered an “economically inactive” group in the South African economy, the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills for employment.
Training is one aspect of empowerment – but eDeaf and CDH further worked together to ensure that the Deaf learners gain access to a platform where they would be afforded the opportunity to be considered for employed. Having very little to no previous working experience made assisting the Deaf learners a little more challenging, but eDeaf and CDH did not leave it at that. A different project had to be developed, taking into consideration the various invisible barriers of entry for the Deaf in terms of working opportunities. CDH was able to create internship roles and eDeaf was able to provide a variety of well-trained, skilled candidates.
It was an absolute win-win – the candidates that passed rigorous tests and training were appointed to assist CDH with digitising of various file contents (contracts, agreements as well as legal documents) and cataloguing this information on the company’s e-database. Attention to detail and initiative were critical skills required. The eDeaf interns did not only succeed in doing a great job, but exceeded expectations! The initial files allocated to the Deaf candidates took a couple of weeks to finalise – instead of months to complete, leaving CDH positively surprised and impressed.
The situation the team now finds itself in, is one whereby the stereotype and perception that Deaf people are less capable, has been completely turned on its head. CDH is in the process of creating additional roles where the Deaf interns will be exposed to different tasks within various departments of the CDH business. From a Deaf perspective, these employees have found themselves feeling so welcomed by a true champion of the Deaf community in CDH (see attached posters the CDH team created to make the staff feel welcome and remove the communication barrier potential faced by the team).
In addition to helping with the selection process and training of candidates, eDeaf offered a number of Deaf sensitisation courses that took place at CDH. This has aided in helping to overcome both perceived and practical barriers of interacting with Deaf staff members. This highlights eDeaf’s holistic approach to service delivery, which supports both the company and the Deaf individual to ensure seamless integration. This training ensures that fears or misconceptions which are often completely unfounded are appropriately addressed. The best news is that a number of the hearing staff of CDH are now able to communicate in very basic SASL through their regular interactions with their Deaf colleagues.
The programme has been immensely successful due to the valuable partnered solutions approach adopted by both companies, as well as the passion and tenacity shown by the Deaf staff who have been given a chance to prove themselves as competent, capable and ready to work. Their impact had been so great that CDH has confirmed that they will take 3 of the candidates on as full time employees, and are currently identifying additional positions within both the CDH group as well as them with some of their clients to place additional Deaf staff in the near future.
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