Press Release – NID Training



Founded in 1881, the National Institute for the Deaf is a Non-Profit Company and a registered Public Benefit Organisation delivering and offering a diverse range of quality services to the Deaf. As a Private SETA Accredited Training Provider, NID Training is registered with the Department of Higher Education and have programme scope with 10 Sector Education Training Authorities. Training policies and institutional plans are in line with prevailing skills development legislation as well as the National Skills Development Strategy and have been explicitly developed to address the specific needs of persons who are differently abled.

In an attempt to address the high unemployment rate among differently abled persons, NID Training offers accessible Occupational and Artisan Skills Training and Work Placement to students at the main campus in Worcester, as well as its various units throughout South Africa.

NID Training has successfully swerved the needs of over 1000 students during 2018 and are currently training over 600 students in a variety of accredited programmes across the country. All our beneficiaries are indigent with families not being able to contribute financially towards their education and training. NID Training ensures that students have equal access to opportunities through adhering to the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, so they can access resources and employment opportunities that will benefit their future and give them a more positive outlook on life.

NID Training has a proven track record of its holistic and accessible training approach, preparing beneficiaries for the open labour market and enabling them to earn sustainable livelihoods where they can contribute to South Africa’s economy. NID’s services are underpinned by the following values: Unity, Empowerment, Integrity, Ownership and Diversity.

For the past ten years, NID Training has constantly celebrated a throughput percentage of between 96% and 98%. This success factor can be ascribed to the NID’s unique training methodology, world of work programme, curriculum enrichment and additional support services provided to students.

In order to provide for a variety of accessible career path choices, NID Training has partnered with employers in a variety of Industry Sectors. These sectors include among others Agriculture, Automotive, Beauty, Care, Cleaning, Construction, Hospitality, Information Technology, Joinery/Woodwork, Upholstery, Welding and Wholesale and Retail. Support from especially the Banking sector enables NID Training to offer a variety of enrichment and workplace readiness programmes to students.

As all workplaces aren’t accessible to Deaf students only, NID Training has further adapted its training strategy and model to incorporate an inclusive disability business aligned model. Through this model, the NID Training team works hand in hand with Executive Teams, Human Resource Managers and Business Partners, Skills Development Facilitators, Transformation-, Employment Equity and Learning and Development Professionals, to map out the type of disability that would best suit the needs of an organisation.

As a BBBEE Level 1 contributor, the NID fully adheres to the definitions and targets stipulated in the Code. Preferential Procurement including Enterprise and Supplier Development are supported through the following initiatives: the NID Schools Project has been outsourced to a 100% Black Female Owned Accredited Training Provider; the NID Beauty Salon, now known as the Salon@NID is one of the successful Enterprise Development initiatives implemented with NID infrastructure, coaching and mentoring support. The NID nursery has also been outsourced to an Emerging Micro Enterprise (EME).

The NID campus is however a sensitive environment with various vulnerable groups e.g. Deaf toddlers, Deaf school children, Deaf elderly and Deaf multiple disabled persons residing on campus. Our priority is always to ensure the safety of all our beneficiaries. For this reason, the NID has several institutional policies and procedures in place, including the right of admission to private property, zero tolerance on campus in terms of substance abuse, the consumption of alcohol and any form of violence. Unfortunately, some students knowingly disregarded the very necessary above-mentioned policies. This necessitated the NID Training department to expel such students, after a thorough investigation. This decision was taken with regret and as a last resort, as NID strive to develop our students’ full potential. However, in order to protect the most vulnerable beneficiaries and ensure safety on campus, it was inevitable. Applicable procedures were followed, and students and their families were supported throughout the process.

In an environment where an organisation strives to develop and empower differently abled youth, harsh decisions are never easy. However, the NID can unfortunately not risk the safety of its beneficiaries by condoning the use of drugs, alcohol or violent behaviour on campus, especially after the very tragic event that happened on our campus during 2018.

For any enquiries, contact Mr Cobus van Deventer at 

Press Release – NID Training takes new direction


As a flagship organisation for services to the Deaf and persons with hearing loss in South Africa, the National Institute for the Deaf (NID) is required to continually ensure that services to the Deaf are delivered effectively and with sustainable impact at all times within government policy.

In this regard and after careful consideration the decision was made that restructuring of NID’s current training model is essential for expansion. During recent strategic discussions and planning the conclusion was made that NID Training’s on-campus residential model needs to be adapted to make provision to serve more students through provincial training units (distance learning). The on-campus residential model will be adapted over a period of time. It has been decided that the on-campus residential model will continue until December 2019 and thereafter training will only be made available at a larger number of provincial training units. The on-campus residential training programs will still serve all current enrolled students until their studies are completed. Training programs will be expanded to regions where there are sufficient training needs and funding in order to provide training to the Deaf and persons with hearing loss cost-effectively and with greater impact.  

The NID business units will therefore no longer serve as practical development and training units for the on-campus Deaf students as intended and will also be adapted over time. In preparation there of client services to the public will be discontinued on 31 March 2019 at the following NID business units: Woodwork, Joinery and Upholstery, Beauty Salon, Nursery and Vegetable Processing. The NID Tea Garden and Laundry will not be affected and their services to the public will continue.  

The NID Management and Board of Directors trust that the above mentioned restructuring process of NID Training will be implemented successfully and will be beneficial by means of greater reach, affordable deaf-accessible training and resources, and a remarkable greater impact in the future and lives of its Deaf beneficiaries.  

For any inquiries, contact Mr Cobus van Deventer on 023 342 5555 or e-mail to



As ‘n  vlagskip organisasie vir dienste aan Dowes en persone met gehoorverlies  in Suid-Afrika, is die Nasionale Instituut vir Dowes (NID) genoodsaak om deurlopend te verseker dat sy dienste binne regeringsbeleid aan Dowes te alle tye effektief en met volhoubare impak gelewer word.

Na aanleiding hiervan en na deeglike oorweging is die besluit geneem dat herstruktuering noodsaaklik is om die NID se huidige opleidingsmodel uit te brei. Tydens onlangse strategiese  besprekings en beplannings is daar tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat NID Opleiding se op-kampus residensiële model aangepas moet word om voorsiening te maak om meer studente te bedien deur provinsiale opleidingseenhede (afstandsonderrig). Voortsetting van die op-kampus residensiële model sal oor ‘n periode van tyd aangepas word. Daar is besluit om die op-kampus residensiële model nog tot Desember 2019 te volg en daarna sal opleiding slegs by ‘n groter getal provinsiale opleidingseenhede aangebied word. Die op-kampus residensiële opleidingsprogramme sal alle huidige ingeskrewe studente bedien totdat hul studies voltooi is. Opleidingsprogramme sal in die proses uitgebrei word na streke waar genoegsame opleidingsbehoeftes en befondsing is ten einde opleiding aan Dowes en persone met gehoorverlies koste-effektief en met groter impak te kan lewer.

Die NID besigheidseenhede sal dus nie meer die op-kampus Dowe studente bedien as praktiese ontwikkelings- en opleidingsfasiliteite soos bedoel is nie en sal ook oor ‘n tyd aangepas word. Ter voorbereiding en implementering hiervan sal kliënte diens aan die publiek op 31 Maart 2019 gestaak word by die volgende NID besigheidseenhede: Houtwerk, Skrynwerk en Stoffering, Skoonheidsalon, Kwekery en Groenteverwerking. Die NID Teetuin en Wassery word nie geaffekteer nie en gaan voort met dienste aan die publiek.

Die NID Bestuur en Direksie vertrou dat die bogenoemde herstruktueringsproses van NID Opleiding suksesvol geïmplementeer sal word en voordelig sal wees deur middel van groter reikwydte, bekostigbare doof-toeganklike opleiding en hulpbronne, en ‘n noemenswaardige groter impak in die toekoms en lewens van sy Dowe begunstigdes.

Vir enige navrae, kontak Mnr Cobus van Deventer by 023 342 5555 of per e-pos aan