Dynamic new tech programme for women with disabilities

Monday, 22 April 2024 16:17
Dynamic new tech programme for women with disabilities

Proud ambassadors of the 4IR4her initiative, Dynamic Technologies group company, Dynamic DNA, has taken its mandate to uplift, upskill, and empower South African women a step further. To commemorate National Disability Rights Awareness Month, which ran from November 2023 to December 2023, the ICT training academy developed a programme focused on increasing skills and awareness for disabled individuals in tech.

Dynamic Technologies group companies are invested in creating a culture of inclusion. For Dynamic DNA, the focus on women with disabilities was a natural progression from the existing initiatives that upskill women in tech. By providing women with disabilities access to specialised training programmes, and by connecting learners and potential employees, Dynamic DNA is helping to break down barriers and create access points to jobs and careers in the IT space.

Prudence Mathebula, Dynamic DNA Founder and Managing Director, says, “At Dynamic DNA, our focus is on cultivating an inclusive environment where everyone is understood, embraced, and appreciated. We strive to create a space where individuals can authentically express themselves and are celebrated for their unique qualities.”

Dynamic DNA is now expanding the pool of tech talent further by actively supporting and advocating for the inclusion of women with disabilities in the tech space.

“What sets our programme apart is our comprehensive support system, which includes coaching, life skills training, and tools to effectively navigate challenges related to disabilities,” explains Prudence. “We offer fully managed learnerships specifically designed for people with disabilities, and by empowering disabled learners in the field of IT, we promote diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. The new programme also accesses a broader talent pool, it encourages innovative problem-solving through diverse perspectives, and it serves as a source of inspiration for others facing similar obstacles. We believe this initiative is playing a crucial role in breaking down stereotypes and barriers, ultimately leading to a more equitable and thriving IT workforce.”

Prudence outlines the twofold benefits of the programme. “Our skills development solution provides tax breaks for employers, and by participating in our programmes, they can improve their B-BBEE scorecard by meeting the disability target for their financial year and supporting the employment equity target for women with disabilities. At the same time, they are enhancing the lives of disabled people.” The programme has been well thought out, ensuring learners are fully equipped for their new roles, both in terms of technical and practical skills. Prudence adds, “We offer comprehensive assessments, guidance, and training for individuals and companies to ensure that the training investment yields maximum results.”

She says, “Our primary goal is to empower learners by providing them with the essential skills and resources needed for a successful future. We believe the technology industry is ready for improved inclusivity and increased diversity.”

This type of support and advocacy can be life changing, and it’s essential for creating an inclusive and accessible space for an expanded and increasingly skilled workforce. It really is a win-win situation.