Youth development is important to Barloworld and it is reflected in all aspects of the business. Here are six youth development initiatives Barloworld supports in South Africa via the Barloworld Trust.
Supporting Enactus’ innovative model for youth entrepreneurship
Through Enactus South Africa, Barloworld is committed to fuelling the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people. Enactus is a competition where young leaders come together to share and showcase their innovations with others from around the world. These are initiatives to tackle socio-economic challenges in their communities.
Assisting rural youth to further studies
Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) helps young people from poor rural communities to access tertiary education. Through REAP Barloworld provides assistance to students from poor rural areas to access varsity education and also lobbies government institutions such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide bursaries and student loans to needy students.
Giving young CA’s a hand-up
Barloworld’s Training Outside Public Practice (TOPP) programme is an alternative route for chartered 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.
Helping young teachers to aim higher, achieve more
Teachers are the lifeblood of a good education system. Barloworld’s partnership with TEACH SA encourages teaching graduates to volunteer two years of their time to teaching in poor performing schools, focusing on English, maths, science and technology. TEACH SA aims to improve the standard of education in the country.
Balancing the scale for quality of maths and science
Barloworld supports the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy’s initiatives to improve the quality of maths and science teaching and learning in Gauteng schools. This is done through Saturday school classes and in-service training programmes.
Barloworld is one of the organisations that LEAP has partnered with to improve the academic performance of learners in six non-paying school fees schools in Jane Furse, Ga-Rankuwa, Diepsloot, Alexandra, Langa, Gugulethu, Delft, Philippi and Crossroads.
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 skills shortage and contributing to country competiveness, leading ultimately to economic growth and development. Barloworld offers bursaries on an annual basis 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.