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People with disabilities need more workplace training

An official says too few organisations are helping disabled people increase their chances of employment.

FILE: The City of Cape Town has helped 100 people with disabilities find employment through its Vulnerable Groups Programme. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Mayco member Suzette Little believes too few organisations take the time to train disabled people to increase their chances of employment.

A 100 people with disabilities have entered the working world, thanks to the city's social development directorate.

This forms part of the municipality's Vulnerable Groups Programme, being run across several Cape Town communities including Atlantis, Mitchells Plain and Belhar.

After completing a workplace skills training programme, the participants each signed three month contracts at libraries, schools and clinics, among a list of workplaces.

Their tasks range from managing switchboards to filing, while others will be able to try their hand at restoring furniture.

Little says previous years have seen some successes where candidates found full time jobs.

"There's also the prevailing stigma that often sees a disabled person being marginalised. The key of our work place skills programme is to prepared persons with disabilities for the workplace and improve their prospects of full time employment."