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Final research report for MERSETA OEM chamber: Empowering people with disabilities project

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Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA)

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Jones, Barbara; Koekemoer, Elmarie; Deller, Karen


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This report is a summary of the research conducted in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) chamber of the merSETA. The purpose of the research was: 'To identify the best way to recruit, train and deploy people with disabilities (PwD) on MERSETA scare skills learnerships within the automotive manufacturing sector (OEMs).' The research objectives were as follows: Objective 1: To employ a qualitative methodology to establish and describe the experiences of PwD employed within the OEM sector; Objective 2: To link the experiences of the PwD to the literature that describes the employment of PwD to ensure validity of research; Objective 3: To identify 'best-fit' disability for each selected scarce and critical skill. Objective 4: To identify scarce and critical skills that can be filled by different categories of PwD; Objective 6: To identify enablers and inhibiters in the workplace that can be addressed to promote the hiring and retention of PwD; Objective 7: to design of a toolkit to promote the hiring and retention of PwD.

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