Our approach to bridging the gap between education and the world of work is in supporting learners to access education and supporting the administrators that deliver it.

At Absa Group, we contribute to a systematic and structural change in the education ecosystem by creating platforms to address knowledge gaps, provide opportunities to increase employability to young people, and support institutions and administrators with technical assistance to improve the delivery of quality education.


Education and employability initiatives

Ready to Work

Our ReadytoWork 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. It focuses on work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills, as well as providing learning material to help improve on soft skills that you need to transition from education to the world of work.

You will find links to career guidance, as well as CV templates. For more information, please visit the programme  here.

Scholarship Programme

The objective of our merit-based scholarship programme is to support young people from previously disadvantaged communities, who remain otherwise excluded from accessing tertiary education.

In partnership with several universities across our markets, this programme focuses on covering full tuition, accommodation and prescribed learning material for students who meet the academic performance, and financial needs criteria. Watch how our scholarship programme has touched lives here.

Technical and vocational training, work-based exposure and job shadowing

In South Africa, the government’s Adopt-a-TVET- initiative is critical, and Absa has collaborated with TVETs across the country to provide an opportunity for a workplace exposure to the students that runs for five days.

This is to enable completion of their curriculum requirements, and expose them to the realities of the working world. We have similar work-based exposure and training programmes in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda with local education institutions, NGOs, and labour associations to provide similar work experience and placement opportunities.