Project Focus – Absa ReadytoWork

ReadytoWork is a pan Africa initiative aimed at equipping young people with the knowledge and skills needed to make the critical transition from education to work through digital and face-to-face learning journeys. The programme has two learning pathways; one is for young people seeking formal employment and the other is for young people interested in starting their own businesses. It is flexible and allows young people the flexibility of following a set learning path or to develop their skills on a specific topic of choice.

The curriculum is comprised of the following modules:
• Work Skills
• People Skills
• Money Skills
• Entrepreneurial Skills

The combination of modules or topics is dependent on the young person’s choice of learning journey or topic of interest. Upon completion of the ReadytoWork programme, young people will have the opportunity to apply for work experience opportunities.

Absa has, as of 1 June 2017, contracted with Lulaway to provide ReadytoWork training for 4000 young people nationally and to place at least 2000 of these young people nationally too. So far, we are well on our way to reaching our targets and empowering young people through the ReadytoWork programme that has complemented our existing Work Readiness Programme. Since inception in June 2017, we have trained approximately 400 young people in Gauteng and Mpumulanga, of which at least 260 have confirmed placements in these two provinces.

It is our goal to exceed our targets in the year ahead as we partner with Absa and other stakeholders in the fight against unemployment that is not only crippling our economy, but also each and every young person and his/her family members and community affected by it.

This is a project of the LulaLAB division. LulaLAB focuses on promoting sustainable job creation. Research shows that the majority of workseekers and entry-level employees are poorly equipped to transition permanently into the workforce. A lack of basic workplace etiquette, communications skills and intrapersonal skills result in poor retention rates and limited prospects of long term growth. LulaLAB provides youth with the skills and support to succeed in the workplace. Interventions include work-readiness training, medical subsidies, interest-free loans and other innovative programs focused on enabling long-term transition into the workplace.

Glimmer of hope for Stuttafords workers amid store shutdown

CAPE TOWN – About seven hundred people will be out of work when retailer Stuttafords closes down in three weeks’ time.

South Africa’s oldest department store fell spectacularly from grace as retailers battled a tough economy.

But there is a glimmer of hope.

Entry-level recruitment company Lulaway is helping some of Stuttafords’ employees find new jobs.

The company will employ fifty of these workers itself.

“We’re going to open a call centre. We’re gonna get some partners involved to fund it. We’ll provide them (the fifty) with training…” said CEO of Lulaway, Jake Willis.

READ: Stuttafords shuts stores

Wills said businesses including Dischem, Afrizan Personnel and Bidvest Protea Coin had committed to employing some of the workers.

“We’ve got a new client who decided to join us for this initiative specifically – PQ clothing. They have committed to taking 30 people.

“We’ve also asked Mr Price to come on board. They (have) got vacancies… and positions they are going to put them in.”

Labour relations attorney Tony Healy said employees facing retrenchment under a liquidation might not receive any settlement payment because when a company is liquidated there are three tiers of creditors to pay before employees are paid.

“There are however no guarantees that employees will be paid because the secured creditors have first claim to any available funds to be paid out…”

Despite this, Lulaway said the situation can be turned around if more companies were to come on board.

So far, around 200 of the 700 people facing unemployment might gain new employment through this initiative.

Source: eNCA