Barclays employees in Kenya today host a job shadow programme for more than 100 secondary school students.
The initiative, organised in partnership with youth charity Junior Achievement Worldwide, offers participants a chance to learn more about how banks operate.
Students will also have the opportunity to interact with Barclays employees at different offices, departments and branches around the country.
Yusuf Omari, Chief Financial Officer, Barclays Kenya, said: “Our youth empowerment strategy aligns with the country’s Vision 2030 goal of achieving middle-income status through nurturing the economic potential of all Kenyans. We are giving our students a chance to learn entrepreneurship and business skills to help them compete effectively in the new global economy.”
He added: “Imparting entrepreneurial skills among the youth sits well with our Citizenship agenda, which focuses on financial inclusion and financial independence as key pillars. Our goal is to create opportunities for the youth to acquire business skills and knowledge necessary to be productive for their families and ultimately in various sectors of the economy.”
Students participating in the job shadow programme today are from Lenana School, Huruma Girls School, Dandora Secondary School and Utumishi Boys School in the town of Gilgil, Rift Valley; Mama Ngina Secondary in the city of Mombasa; and St. Mary’s Girls in the town of Kakamega, Western Province.
Today’s event is part of Barclays £1.5m partnership with Junior Achievement, a charity which aims to educate students around the world about workplace readiness, promoting entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The partnership forms part of Barclays community investment programme, which focuses on enterprise, employment, financial capability and financial inclusion, supporting disadvantaged people to build the confidence and skills to achieve financial independence and security.
In 2010, Barclays invested £55.3m in community programmes, supporting 62,118 employees in helping 1.5 million people in disadvantaged communities around the world.