Almarai Company hosted Qaderoon’s first network meeting of the year. The meeting, which took place in Al Kharj, included a visit to Almarai’s factory where they currently employ persons with hearing impairment. Almarai shared their experience in making the necessary accommodations to the production line for these employees.
Almarai hired persons with disabilities in collaboration with the Saudi Association of Hearing Impairment. The Association shared with the visitors its efforts in training persons with hearing impairment for the job market.
The meeting also included a presentation by Dr. Fahad Altekhaifi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Development at the Ministry of Labor, who explained the Ministry’s initiatives to employ more persons with disabilities. The meeting was attended by Qaderoon partners, members, prospective members and NGO representatives.
Qaderoon was invited to Olayan Group’s annual forum to present the topic of disability and employment. The forum was attended by the Group’s senior management, representing their companies globally.
The panel discussion began with Mr. Amr Khashoggi, Qaderoon Chairman, who shared society’s challenges in including persons with disabilities. Mr. Ibrahim Al-Oraini, HR Manager at Olayan Corporate and Qaderoon board member, then shared his personal experience and challenges as a person with disability. The panel concluded with Mr. Khalid Sindi explaining the role of businesses in creating more disability-inclusive work environments.
The Olayan team assured their commitment to including more persons with disabilities in their workforce.
As part of Qaderoon’s advisory services, an intensive three-day workshop was offered to Qaderoon members from facility management, engineering, maintenance, and operations departments. Eng. Mokhtar Alshibani of AlModon Urban Consultancy conducted this workshop, which focused on Universal Design and Accessibility.
The workshop aimed to provide knowledge and concepts of accessibility and its importance in the workplace. Participants learned how to identify common barriers faced by persons with different disabilities, including those faced by elders, women, and children. Moreover, participants were trained on accessibility auditing techniques for facilities, construction and drawings.
Trainees also had the opportunity to explore best practices. They visited Afia factory, – part of Savola Group's premises, to explore accessibility applications in the factory. An explanation of each accessibility standard was made on spot. Finally, the workshop concluded with a series of discussions and recommendations for accessibility and development in members' existing facilities.
In an effort to enable employers to include persons with disabilities, Mr. Khalid Sindi, Qaderoon Executive Manager, and Mr. Helmi Natto, Jassarah Training Center Executive Director, signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) at the Center’s headquarters in Jeddah.
With this MOU, Jassarah will provide training for persons with disabilities so that they can be employed with Qaderoon members. They will also provide training for employers on how to interact with employees with disabilities. Qaderoon and Jassarah are looking forward to a fruitful partnership for all parties.