Students from the Job Readiness Initiative, sponsored by Careers24 and implemented with partners Silulo Ulutho Technologies (Pty) Ltdand Learn to Earn (NGO-PBO), graduated in Phillipi and Khayelitsha in the first week of July. The pilot initiative focused on working with students who either are studying to improve their career prospects or to find employment in different sectors to where they are currently working.
“It was important for us to launch a pilot initiative that offers practical, sustainable and significant assistance to the job seeker,” says Head of Careers24, Marc Privett. “We approached Luvuyo Rani, Managing Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies with the idea of forging a partnership with us to equip students to find employment post their studies.”
Learn to Earn was identified as the training partner and their Job Readiness Initiative was adapted to incorporate Careers24 content. The course aimed to upskill, empower and effectively equip students for the job market. “Over a period of four weeks, covering issues ranging from Personal Identity, Interpersonal Relationships, Workplace Communication, Career Goals and Work Ethics, we impacted the lives of 107 students,” says Lloyd Williams, Project Manager and Association Coordinator at Learn to Earn. “These students are now actively becoming contributors to the South African economy”.
The Job Readiness Iniatiative is an example of how industries can actively partner in breaking the cycle of poverty by impacting a job seeker’s life on a very real level. “A job alone cannot do this, we need to contribute towards the transformation of communities by developing people holistically,” concludes Williams.