EWC, Absa and PWC Join Hands To Skill Students

Students at Boksburg campus attending the virtual Employability Skills Workshop, presented by Absa and PWC.

Education is one of the most far-reaching requirements for development, alleviating poverty, and enhancing economic productivity. Education contributes to economic growth and societal stability through developing individuals equipped with the cognitive and life skills necessary for sustaining their livelihood, and contributing to the productive sector.

It can be said that lack of skills among youth undoubtedly leads to long-term unemployment for many, exacerbating inequality. Absa is committed to investing in developing young talent and, in doing so, contributing to improving the employability of South Africa’s out-of-work youth. The company aims to promote economic inclusion while developing a skilled workforce equipped to succeed in the workplace of the future.

In a bid to provide skills to its students, Ekurhuleni West TVET College held its first ever virtual Employability Skills Workshop at its six campuses for students who are currently doing NC(V) Level 4. The Employability Skills Workshop, held in September 2020, was the first ever workshop in the TVET sector to be hosted virtually, using Microsoft Teams. It was hosted in partnership with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) and Absa, and was facilitated by the experts from both these companies.

Employability skills are the skills and capabilities that enables graduates to find work opportunities and do well in the career field that they have chosen, as they navigate their way through a changing labour market. During the training, students learnt good communication; the importance of team work; reliability and dependability; and leadership. Students were also trained on how to prepare their Curriculum Vitae (CVs) and writing the cover letter. As part of the ready to Work programme, students were also trained on how on how to handle themselves at the work place, should they get employment offers. The Ready to Work initiative is a free online face-to-face training programme that aims to upskill young people who are out to find employment or be self-employed.

More than 300 NC(V) level 4 students benefited from attending this workshop at their respective campuses. Students who are currently enrolled for N6 also attended.

Adherence to COVID-19 regulations was primary during workshop attendance.


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