Negligible number of disabled persons trained in 2015/16

29 May 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - Less than one per cent of people living with disabilities out of a total of 72 865 employees were trained across all industrial sectors, an annual report by the Employment Equity Commission for the 2015/16 financial year says.
The 17th annual report tabled in the National Assembly by Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina in April covers the period 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
The report says only 191 persons living with disabilities received training, which represents 0.3 per cent of the entire group of 72 865 employees.
Of the disabled persons trained, 125 were men while 66 were women.
The training focused on skilled and semi-skilled occupations. However, the numbers of trainees in executive and senior management positions were relatively low.
Only one woman living with a disability was trained in the occupational category of executive director, and only three as senior managers.
No men were trained for the executive managerial positions while only 12 men were trained as senior managers.
Meanwhile, the figures show that of the 72 865 employees trained in all sectors, 67 162 were black Namibians; while 4 493 were white Namibians; 1 019 foreigners and 191 people living with disabilities.
The sectors include agriculture; construction; education; training and development practices; fishing; health and welfare; manufacturing; mining; private security; legal and correctional services; tourism and hospitality; and wholesale and retail.
The Employment Equity Commission is responsible for the oversight of the implementation of affirmative action at workplaces. It guides employers to eliminate unfair discrimination and to implement affirmative action measures.