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Barclays and @iLabAfrica’s Citizenship Initiative ReadyToWork program launched

Barclays Kenya and @iLabAfrica Research Centre hosted the Barclays Make A Difference Day (MADDcitizenship initiative, to launch the new ReadyToWork Program, geared towards promoting shared growth with a keen focus on empowering the youth.


The event that is expected to be held annually, was graced by the presence of 21 employees from Barclays Kenya, including the Marketing Director – Caroline Ndungu and Head of Citizenship – Regina Mwangi. The Guest Speaker was International Business Strategist Dr. Wale Akinyemi.


After a wonderful welcome note from Ms. Regina Mwangi and @iLabAfrica Deputy Director, Mr. Emmanuel Kweyu, the audience was addressed by Ms.  Caroline Ndungu, who challenged them to take control of their destiny, seizing moments that are set to change their lives through the opportunities that come their way.


Caroline showcased Barclays’ commitment in bringing a meaningful impact to communities, and the importance of students getting ReadyToWork, a program that provides young people with knowledge and skills needed in order to find employment or secure self-employment.


Dr. Wale, captivated his audience with his abundant wisdom, genuine personality and great sense of humour. He emphasised on students learning to work at building their capacity, protecting their personal brand, leaving a legacy and integrity. Dr. Wale’s generosity was also seen when he reduced the price of the books he’s authored by half.


After the address, a breakout session took place in which the audience was divided into various groups, with each group discussing the four pillars of the ReadyToWork program: Work Skills, Money Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills and People Skills.


Not only did the students get to learn and understand these four core skills and how the program might suit their career, but they also got to interact, engage and network with the Barclays employees. Through this program young people are empowered with the training and development needed to enhance their employment and self-employment prospects.


@iLabAfrica’s Digital Learning team is expected to facilitate both online and in-class training of the program, targeted towards all Strathmore University undergraduate students. Enrolled students are expected to complete the curriculum in a period of one week, and during that period students will get the opportunity to gain knowledge on the four pillars of the program.


Students can access the ReadyToWork program here.