Original Research

Participation opportunities for persons with disabilities in training interventions in the dti and CIPRO

Zelna van Niekerk, John van der Merwe
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 11, No 1 | a466 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v11i1.466 | © 2013 Zelna van Niekerk, John van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2012 | Published: 29 April 2013

About the author(s)

Zelna van Niekerk, Department of Human Resource Management, University of South Africa, South Africa
John van der Merwe, Department of Training and Development, North-West University, South Africa


Orientation:Persons with disabilities (PWD) face daily barriers which often hinder them in fully participating in society or reaching their full potential. They often have little or no exposure to formal education and only are employed at entry-level positions. When employed, they are often not trained or developed.

Research purpose:The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which PWD in a public service department were exposed to training and development opportunities valuable for career advancement.

Motivation for the study:The primary researcher is living with a disability and has not only experienced discrimination but has also witnessed it throughout her career in the Public Service.

Research design, approach and method:The researchers followed a qualitative research design using semi-structured interviews and document analysis. A non-probability, purposive sampling technique was used given the limited number of PWD employed and seven interviews were conducted in the organisations.

Main findings:The perceptions of the participants were that they were mainly exposed to repetitive, low-level training leading to little or no career advancement. A document analysis of the number of PWD trained and employees without disabilities trained, showed an unequal distribution.

Practical/managerial implications: The organisations need to address the unfairness through their policies, ensuring increased and equally valuable training and development opportunities for PWD.

Contribution/value-add:The findings of this study provide an understanding of the exposure of PWD to valuable training and development opportunities and show that inequality still exists and needs to be addressed.


Training; Development; Disability; Reasonable Accommodation; Equality


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