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Six reasons Barloworld is doing awesome things for SA’s youth

13 June 2016

JUNE, 2016: Youth development is important to Barloworld and is therefore reflected in all aspects of the business. Here are six youth development initiatives Barloworld supports in South Africa through the Barloworld Trust.

1. 1. Supporting Enactus’ innovative model for youth entrepreneurship

  • Through the Enactus World Cup, Barloworld is committed to fuelling the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people. Enactus is a competition where young leaders join with others from around the world to share and showcase their innovations. These are initiatives to tackle socio-economic challenges in their communities.

2. Assisting rural youth to further studies

  • Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) helps young people from poor rural communities to access tertiary education, assisting them to access financial support through State mechanisms such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and providing a package of mentorship, coaching, academic monitoring and psycho-social support. Through REAP Barloworld helps disadvantaged students complete their varsity qualification.

3. Giving young CA’s a hand-up

  • Barloworld’s Training Outside Public Practice (TOPP) programme is an alternative route for accounting students to qualify as chartered accountants. This practical programme builds the skills of future leaders and addresses the current shortage of skills in our country. Graduates of the TOPP programme often take up permanent jobs in the company.

4. Helping young learners in disadvantaged schools to aim higher, achieve more

  • Dynamic and effective teachers are the lifeblood of a good education system. Barloworld’s partnership with TEACH SA enables the recruitment of outstanding recent university graduates who commit to teaching mathematics, science, English and technology in disadvantaged schools in urban and rural areas across the country for a period of two years. The idea is to offer good educational opportunities to those who need it most.

5. Balancing the scale for quality of maths and science

  • Barloworld supports the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy’s initiatives to improve the quality of teaching and learning in under-resourced Gauteng high schools. Learners at the FET phase are offered curriculum enrichment and extra tuition at a Saturday school, as well as a teacher development programme.
  • Barloworld is one of the organisations that LEAP Science and Maths Schools has partnered with to improve the academic performance, leadership and life skills of learners in some of the most economically and socially marginalised communities in South Africa. LEAP runs six independent, non-fee paying schools which serve Jane Furse, Ga-Rankuwa, Diepsloot, Alexandra, Langa, Gugulethu, Delft, Philippi and Crossroads.

6. Rewarding young talent with bursaries

  • Barloworld’s efforts to facilitate access to tertiary education are aimed at empowering individuals, breaking cycles of poverty, addressing the country’s skills shortages and contributing to national competiveness, leading ultimately to economic growth and development. Every year Barloworld offers bursaries to students from previously-disadvantaged backgrounds. Barloworld Equipment runs a graduate training programme for artisans and use simulated machines as part of the training at their world-class training academy in Isando.

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