On the 13th of May members of the recruitment team from around the country met up in Johannesburg to discuss and revise our recruitment processes. Uncle Kenny, the driver of the ADCORP sponsored vehicle, picked everyone up from the airport and headed to the Palm River Lodge. After taking the “scenic route” on a few occasions, we eventually found the lodge and our rooms (which were fantastic and comfortable). The recruitment team was finally able to meet personally with the National Recruitment Manager, Sushie Naidoo.

Meeting our charismatic leader for the first was an incredible experience for many of our recruiters. Each team member introduced themselves and shared essential information about themselves. This meeting showed us that even though each team member comes from different backgrounds with different values, there is a common goal: To Develop Persons with Disabilities. The group clicked immediately and came to the realisation that we face similar challenges in each of our regions. One common challenges was identified – the high rate of illiteracy among our candidate learners. There was a suggestion that each region should set about encouraging parents to take their children to the library and deliver the message that reading and writing is such a critical skill.

The following day team members each delivered a presentation in an effort to share information from the different regions. The recruiters were tasked with consolidating and advancing these presentations into standard single, uniformed template for each region. Sushie discussed different ways of conducting our sensitization workshops to companies, creating a comfortable space for them to learn about working and interacting with persons with disabilities.  The main focus of these sensitization workshops is to assist companies in becoming more open to providing employment to persons with disabilities.

Time flew and the two days went by very quickly. Before the recruiters knew it, the time had come to return to their regions. The recruiters understand that their purpose in the I Can! family is to be the keys that open doors for persons with disabilities.

A big THANKS to Sushila Naidoo for making this incredible few days possible.