When a new year starts, it marks not only the start of a new year but it also symbolises the end of yet another era. For this particular group of Altitude learners, 2017 marks the start of a whole new important chapter in their lives.
For the 2015/2016 class of Business Administration Services NQF 4 learners, the start of 2017 marks their graduation and certification as qualified Business Administrators. After completing the 12-month course with both theoretical classes as well as practical experience, the Altitude learners are left with a qualification that not only builds their self-esteem but, at the same time, provides each of them with an edge that makes each individual just that little bit more ‘saleable’ to prospective employers.
On March 20, 2017 Altitude held the official graduation ceremony for the learners. While relatively low-key, the event allowed Altitude staff the final opportunity to greet these individuals as learners before the staff were granted the additional privilege of formally acknowledging their achievements.
At the same time as celebrating the end of a significant chapter in the lives of the learners, the graduation ceremony allowed Altitude staff the opportunity to take a break from their usual day-to-day schedules and see tangible evidence of how the hours they spend at work affects the Disabled Community in such a fundamentally positive way.
While the ceremony provided a much-needed break from the daily operations of office life and our staff taking photos with the graduates, clad in their new academic gowns and caps, the feelings of gratitude and joy that permeated Altitude’s Boardroom served to revitalise our staff’s commitment to seeking employment for People with Disability in Cape Town.
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Written by Aidan Bizony, a person with a disability, for the Altitude Group