Barclays Bank of Kenya has partnered with the Kenya Girl Guides Association (KGGA) to train 24,000 young women under Barclays’ “ReadytoWork” program. The training will help these young women to find employment and develop entrepreneurial skills.
The “ReadytoWork” program is an initiative by Barclays bank that aims at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. It is a free access digital learning program covering work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Regina Gichuhi, Head of Citizenship Barclays Bank of Kenya, outlined the importance of providing additional skills to young people to ensure that they prosper at work and in business ventures: ‘We are proud to be entering into this partnership and even more proud to be positively impacting the lives of these young girls. Since the training is accessed at no cost, I would like to extend this to other young people, as they prepare for the job market,” said Ms. Gichuhi.
The Kenya Girl Guides Association Commissioner for Training, Ann Gatende thanked Barclays for the continued investment to empower girls, saying: ‘We have seen sustained efforts by Barclays in recent years to empower young people. This partnership today will go a long way into ensuring that young women package themselves better for the job market.”
Since its launch in Kenya last year, “ReadytoWork” has seen more than 100,000 young people benefit from skills training and employability skills.