Delivering training is only a part of what DST do. We want disabled people to able to support themselves and their families through skilled employment, and to be able to participate as equal members of society. To that end, in 2016 DST was supported by the British High Commission to Sierra Leone to create its Employment Bureau. In doing this, DST established the systems and processes for connecting disabled people who have completed their training with employment.
The DST Employment Bureau has good existing relationships with organisations such as the British High Commission, the British Council, and various government departments. By supporting this ‘end-to-end’ process, we have secured an employment (or further education) for around 75% of our graduates.
In 2017 the DST Employment Bureau was formally recognised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security through an attestation letter from the Minister, noting that; “As the Ministry responsible for facilitating job creation, we appreciate your initiative and assure you of our support and cooperation in the successful operations of the facility.”
DST is planning to open the Employment Bureau to non-disabled persons for a small fee, which will be used to contribute to the charitable activities of the organisation.
EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS TRAINING
We do job searches, help with CV creation and cover letter writing. We provide training in interview techniques such as coaching, mock interviews, etc. We have a detailed job opportunities database.
We do mentoring, review employment law, career planning, advocacy.
WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT
We support businesses through staff development. For example through additional training. We advise on accessibility issues and governmental concessions on tax provisions for employing people with disabilities. We also advise on health & safety issues.
Please talk to use to find out more about how we might be able to help you as a prospective employee or employer!