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Historically the inclusion of people with a disability in the learnership process has been managed without addressing the inherent requirements of both the learner and the learnership. It has been universally accepted that people with a disability can access the workplace and make meaningful contributions. What has been omitted is how to make this happen in a way that manifests dignity, respect and non-discriminatory practices. This report highlights the barriers that exist and addresses the solution based on best practice and non-discriminatory procedures. There is often a request to provide a list of disabilities that are more suitable for particular jobs and vice versa, jobs that are more suitable for particular disabilities. The Employment Equity Act of 1998 suggests that we cannot choose or exclude a candidate based on disability and therefore provides guidelines of best practice that enables fair and non-discriminatory selection. There is often a misconception that construction, manufacturing and production environments are not suitable to people with a disability. This research project provided an opportunity to explore a number of workplace and training environments within merSETA in order to demonstrate how to effectively include people living with a disability within the learnership model without compromising safety, productivity and fair practice.

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