GWF Students Get Started with Barclays’ New “Ready to Work” Programme

Barclays, the multinational banking and financial services company, recently visited Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC), to introduce students to their brand new ReadytoWork programme that is aimed at equipping young people with the skills to transition from a world of education into a world of work.

The programme focuses on four key areas: people skills, work skills, money skills and  entrepreneurship skills, and students can work through the online programme at their own pace, or as part of a more structured programme, supported by trained facilitators and additional resources. As an example, the work skills programme has three major themes: (1) Preparing to look for work; (2) Searching for a job; and (3) Starting, settling in and excelling at work.

In each of the programme’s modules there are learning topics written in the form of articles that have been designed to speak to young people: the information is bite size, the learning is concise and the material, according to one of our own GWF acilitators, is “young, trendy and engaging”.

Our one-day workshop at HDLC took place just a few weeks before many of our Absa Foundation sponsored Bridging Year students complete their International Computer Driving License, English-for-Access and Online Hospitality certificates. The ReadytoWork programme supports the mission of the GWF Bridging Year, which is to “bridge” students out of high school and into further studies OR a meaningful and relevant career path.

Maureen Groch, a consultant on GWF’s staff and student development programmes, has described ReadytoWork as a programme that will change the lives of many young people. Groch described ReadytoWork as “user-friendly, uncomplicated and appealing to young people. It very quickly delivers value to the user.”

After seeing ReadytoWork in action, GWF has enrolled all of its facilitators in the full online programme (covering all four modules) and is looking forward to exposing more of our Bridging Year students to the programme in the near future.

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The ReadytoWork programme supports the mission of the GWF Bridging Year, which is to “bridge” students out of high school and into further studies OR a meaningful and relevant career path.

GWF CEO Kate Groch highlighted the importance of the workshop to the students before the workshop started.

GWF CEO Kate Groch, gave a motivational talk to the HDLC students before introducing members from Barclays. Kate wanted to make sure that the students fully understand the importance of the workshop and the difference it is going to make to their careers in future.

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Sophie Sekulane, Monica Sibuyi and Matimba Masinga are HDLC students who have just registered with the ReadytoWork programme. These young women are two weeks away from adding to the rural Mpumalanga graduate statistics, and with the skills they acquired from the workshop, they will definitely cope with the transition from school to work.

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GWF CEO Kate Groch posed for a picture under the Digital Tree of Knowledge with the Barclays Africa members and students in blue and the GWF staff in pink.

For more information visit www.readytowork.barclays

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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