NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF – PRESS RELEASE
16 SEPTEMBER 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.