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To improve education outcomes is one of the critical social challenges facing the African continent today, and Absa Group is committed to supporting countries to address this challenge.

Our approach in bridging the gap between education and the world of work is grounded in an appreciation that a comprehensive approach to tackling these challenges must focus both on supporting learners to access education, as well as supporting the administrators and institutions that deliver it.

At Absa Group, we are contributing to systemic structural change in the education eco-system by creating platforms to address knowledge gaps, providing opportunities to increase the employability prospects of young people, and supporting institutions and administrators with technical assistance to improve the delivery of quality education.

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Education and employability initiatives

Ready to Work

Our pan-African employability initiative aims to upskill young people who are setting out to find employment or create self-employment. Focusing on work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills, this free online and face-to-face training programme provides learning material to help young people improve the soft skills needed to effectively transition from education into the world of work. The platform includes free links to career guidance resources as well as templates for CV development. For more information and to register online please visit  Ready to Work.

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. Delivered in partnership with several universities across our markets, the programme focuses on covering full tuition, accommodation and prescribed material costs for students meeting academic performance and financial need criteria. To watch a video on our scholarship programme please visit our Blog.

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

In support of artisan trades, Absa Group has launched partnerships with technical and vocational education training institutions (TVET). In South Africa, the government’s Adopt-a-TVET initiative is a critical initiative in which Absa partners with TVETs across the country to provide 5-day workplace exposure opportunities for their students. 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.