NYDA Launches the #JumpStart Programme at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus

It has been a really exciting time for Good Work Foundation (GWF) Facilitators and students at the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus for productive reasons. GWF has been building a relationship with the South African National Youth Development Agency since 2015; to help equip young rural learners with adequate skills and exposure to various career opportunities.

The NYDA has showcased various career exhibitions to help the graduates make informative career choices.

It has been a pleasure to host NYDA again this year as they launched the mr price foundation #JumpStart Programme for GWF’s Bridging Academy graduates.

The programme took place through a five-day launch, where the students were taught about customer service, quality service delivery as well as professional practices in the workplace.

This  programme is targeted at; unemployed, low-income individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, with the primary goal to help young people from impoverished backgrounds learn how to access job opportunities.

After the workshop, various assessments took place and 27 successful candidates were consequently placed in different retail stores and supermarkets to intern for a week to get first -hand experience about what it means to be a professional employee, and how to effectively use their qualifications and skills at work.

Being placed in these internships doesn’t guarantee the graduate with a job placement, but they stand high chances to get employed if they are effective and successful in their internship trial.

GWF’s Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele, says he is “impressed and excited with the developments and relationship between the two organizations who both strongly believe in empowering and uplifting the South African youth, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The internship ended on 20 June 2016, and we wait in anticipation to hear how the graduates performed and if any of them managed to secure placement in any of the stores where they were interning.

“When we make it through Grade 12, we worry about our future as we often have very little or incorrect information regarding further studying at higher institutions. The same goes for when we finish with higher institution studying, we do not know where or how to start with job hunting, so it is heart-warming to see that the NYDA and GWF care about what happens to us after our year/s of Bridging Academy studying at GWF’s campuses,” said Trayvin Zitha, one of the graduates who had been placed for the one week internship programme.

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It has been a pleasure to host NYDA again this year as they launched their #JumpStart Programme for GWF’s Bridging Academy graduates.

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GWF has been building a relationship with the South African National Youth Development Agency since 2015; to help equip young rural learners with adequate skills and exposure to various career opportunities.

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After the workshop, various assessments took place and 27 successful candidates were consequently placed in different retail stores and supermarkets to intern for a week to get first -hand experience about what it means to be a professional employee, and how to effectively use their qualifications and skills at work.

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GWF’s Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele, says he is “impressed and excited with the developments and relationship between the two organizations who both strongly believe in empowering and uplifting the South African youth, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 Written by GWF Media Intern Wiseboy Shabangu

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