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Clientèle Youth Development Initiative

Youth Development Initiative Grows

The 57 learners who were part of the 2014 Youth Development Initiative were expecting a conventional tour of the company on Friday, 4 July 2014. What they received instead was an experience which we hope will inspire them towards greatness.

It wasn’t just the fact that participation doubled in numbers that we should be proud of it. It offered learners the complete package – information, inspiration and fun. “I feel that this year was ten times better compared to last year because of the way that it was organised. The learners received so much more than career shadowing and career testing. For example, we had an Amazing Race competition with prizes. They even got some physical education at the gym,” says HR Officer Dheran Pillay.

CSI Officer Emily Molakeng notes the exceptional commitment from departments this year to get involved. One of the departments that they visited was the Infrastructure Services Department. “We wanted the students to understand that there is more to it than merely touching wires and going under tables to fix computers. For instance, there is software development, business analysis and project management,” says Gabafiwe Mogoshane, Telecom Administrator.

While the future for many young South Africans hangs in the balance, as a corporate we have given some a fighting chance. It is something we can all be proud of.

Here is what some of the students had to say about their day at Clientèle:

“My biggest highlight was making new friends, dealing with different perspectives and experiencing the corporate world.”  – Boitumelo Mbatha (17), Grade 11.

“Before coming to Clientèle, I felt quite limited in terms of career options. The experience really opened up my mind to the broad spectrum of things that I can do in the future.”  – Kentse Monageng (18), Grade 12.

“When my sister told me about this opportunity I was immediately hooked because I wasn’t sure what career to go into. It is a really hard decision for one to choose their subjects at the end of grade 9. At least today I have a clearer idea of what I want to do.”  – Busisiwe Mkhwanazi (16), Grade 10.

Click here to view the Youth Development Initiative pictures.