Safaricom in deal to connect persons with disabilities with employers
Telco giant Safaricom, together with the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has entered into a partnership that will see people living with disabilities connect with job opportunities through an online portal.
The portal, powered by IT service provider Fuzu which currently has over 360 employers and more that 5,000 job candidates, is a first in Africa and seeks to help employers easily identify and recruit Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into their firms.
Safaricom has used the portal, which has been active since 2020 for its recruitment needs and supported NCPWD by mobilizing more employers to come onboard.
Additionally, the telco has also been driving a campaign to encourage candidates to register and access the portal for employment opportunities.
This partnership has earned Safaricom a nomination at the 2023 Zero Project awards, which recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities and seeks to improve their day-to-day lives.
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“Through this project, we have made great strides in increasing the prospects of persons with disabilities in their search for employment. Our nomination at the 2023 Zero Project Awards is a testament to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.
The Zero Project was launched in 2008 with the objective of supporting social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and Persons with Disabilities.
“We are excited about this partnership with Safaricom, which boosts job prospects and improves the quality of lives of persons with disabilities. The NCPWD Career Portal is a big step in our objective of having organisations reach the minimum 5 percent reservation of employees with disabilities as per the Persons with Disabilities Act No. 14 of 2003,” said Harun Hassan, the Executive Director, NCPWD.
Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to register via https://ncpwd.fuzu.com while employers can join by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.