Using sport as a vehicle to reach young people who have little access to skills development opportunities and resources, our newly launched ABSA Siyakhula Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme provides numerous skills training workshops to empower an estimated 900 young people per year to become more employable, self-confident and positive about life. Through employability and enterprise workshops, students will learn more about their individual aptitudes and strengths, different study fields and career options, learnerships and bursaries – giving students in rural communities the hope and tools to succeed in further education and finding employment. A select group of budding young entrepreneurs will complete a business development programme and receive support to kick-start their own micro-businesses.
While the programme primarily targets vulnerable youth in marginalised communities who attend school regularly but might be at risk of dropping out, it can also be delivered to those that are out of school, unemployed, or working in dangerous environments. The success of the programme will be measured according to the following indicators:
• High, sustained female participation rates
• Establishment of mentorships
• Number of internships, learnerships, bursaries or jobs secured
• Improved personal & business money management skills
• Number of start-up businesses established
• Number of young people receiving subject choice and career guidance
• Number of Absa staff getting involved in volunteering and mentoring
To supplement classroom learning and exercises, there will be additional experiences that will enhance students’ overall professional aptness, such as:
• Career Fair for all Overberg High School students to attend
• Extra math lessons, led by volunteers from the area
• Networking events
• Engagement with local Absa branches to provide mentoring, training and potential recruitment opportunities
This programme strives to significantly improve students’ life skills in such areas as communication, teamwork, financial literacy and employment skills, and hopes to strenghten their sense of citizenship.