- What we do for first time job seekers
- How do I apply to become a DWDE candidate?
- Where are the DWDE Employment Support Services Centres?
- What happens at the DWDE Employment Support Service Centre?
- Frequently asked questions?
DWDE is a free service that helps young South Africans with disabilities overcome many of the difficulties they face in finding and keeping their first job. Our assessments and training help you get into and stay in a job over a longer time.
We help young people with a matric or equivalent qualification that are looking for a full-time job but haven’t been able to find one. We also help young people who have a university degree or other tertiary qualifications but haven’t been able to find a job.
Most people find their jobs through a social network – school or university, friends, family or previous work experience. For people who don’t have these social networks, networks that link to jobs, finding a job is difficult. DWDE works to create this kind of social network for entry-level job-seekers.
So if you are ambitious, have never worked before but really want a successful future, join us and we will try to help you!
Make a decision that you want to become a valued member of the South African workforce. Contact a DWDE Employment Support Service Center in your area. Set up an appointment for an assessment on a date that is suitable for you.
We have assessment centres in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. All our centres are close to main transport hubs, and you only have to come in once to be assessed.
We will give you an overview of DWDE and the services that we provide. We will ask you to complete our assessments and we will give you feedback on the outcome of the assessments to guide you on the types of training or employment opportunities available.
How long is the assessment?
Expect to be at our centre for about five hours. First we give you a DWDE overview, then you will write a computer assessment and receive feedback on your assessment. There may also be interview training on the day to prepare you for potential interviews.
What happens if I don’t pass the assessment?
You may not be suitable for a specific job we are recruiting for, but DWDE will keep your details on our database. If you meet the requirements for a new job that becomes available we will contact you.
If I fail the assessment can I reapply to redo the assessment?
No, you can’t reapply to DWDE. Once you have had your first assessment we will have your information on our database and will call you back for any opportunity that matches your profile.
If I get a job through DWDE but don’t like it, can I come back again?
No, you can’t. Once you get a job/ learnership / or internship you are removed from our system.
Will applying to DWDE guarantee me a job?
No process at DWDE guarantees you a job. We try to facilitate opportunities and links with businesses for the employment of persons with disabilities, but it is up to you to convince the business that you are the best person for the job.
How can I get my friends to apply?
Give them our email, fax and website details
Do you have to pay for the DWDE service?
DWDE is a free service to entry-level job-seekers. The only cost in applying is for transport to our career centres.
What are the basic requirements for becoming a DWDE candidate?
To become a DWDE candidate, you have to:
- Be 18 to 35 years old
- Be a South African citizen
- Have a matric or equivalent qualification
- Have never been blacklisted
- Have no criminal record
- Be currently unemployed
- Be a person with a disability
How do I apply to become a DWDE Candidate?
There are three ways to apply: