Hearing impaired individuals kickstart careers in ICT

September 11, 2018 6:12 am3 comments

Netstar Learnership Programmeby AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – SOME 11 hearing-impaired individuals have been employed as technology company enhance its client offering and its commitment to diversity.

Netstar, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Altron, has employed the disadvantaged members of society as part of its long-standing learnership programme that includes people living with disabilities.

It provides learners the opportunity to develop meaningful careers and expand their skills in the formal job sector.

“The team has learned quickly and are now fully qualified monitoring agents,” said Pierre Bruwer, Group Managing Director of Netstar.

“Their monitoring and surveillance abilities are world class, providing safety and security for drivers and other road users. Their efforts are realising cost savings for our customers, some of which have fleets in excess of 3 000 vehicles.”

Prior to becoming full-time employees, the group of learners was supporting the fleets of major truck and bus operators in South Africa as part of a 12-month learnership programme which began in August 2017.

The opportunity to employ differently abled people was first identified after a leading bus operator awarded Netstar a new contract.

As part of the fleet management solution, cameras were installed in all the company’s buses.

The footage from these cameras feeds into a digital inspection bureau where it is monitored for instances of problematic behaviour by drivers or passengers. Thereafter, a surveillance pack is collated for each bus, allowing the company to implement constructive performance management processes.

Bruwer said the team was increasing the overall awareness of, and understanding for, people with different abilities in the company through initiatives such as basic sign language classes.

We believe that providing opportunities like these can be a game-changer for many disabled South Africans.”
– CAJ News


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