5 February 2019
More and more companies and development organisations in Uganda are committed to hire persons with disabilities as staff and to include them in livelihood programs.
However, we got the following concern: we share our vacancies and mention that persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply but they are not applying! We identified three major issues at stake:
This is why we came up with our Make 12.4% Work Internship program; the first batch of interns with a disability will start 4th of February. We started by sharing the opportunity with our the Make12.4% Members; 10 of them immediately reacted that they were interested. For our first round of internships we carved 12 positions for 3 months, to be suitable for graduates with different types of impairments to apply, and posted those positions widely in our network. Out of the applications we pre-selected 3 persons per position and trained them on professional skills, self-esteem and interview skills. This week they are going for the job interviews! This is of course a great experience for a job seeker, even if they do not get the position.
We already have 5 other Make 12.4% Work members queuing up to have an intern with a disability in their company/organisation so the persons who are not selected for the present positions can apply for other opportunities in line with their qualification and career plan.