Barclays Seychelles has launched the You Can B programme in partnership with youth charity Junior Achievement.
The three-year, US$3m initiative aims to promote entrepreneurship among young people in the country.
It will also help students develop the skills they need to succeed in the workplace through workshops and job shadowing programmes.
The partnership’s launch was followed by the Barclays-sponsored B Inspired Camp, a one-day event which saw 50 students aged between 15 and 18 competing in a business challenge.
Participants solved real world business problems, which helped to develop their entrepreneurial and presentation skills.
Rakesh Jha, Managing Director of Barclays Seychelles, said: “Barclays is proud to be leading the industry one more time with exciting initiatives that promote youth entrepreneurship. This initiative demonstrates Barclays continued efforts in finding innovative means to reach the youth in preparation for employment.
“This first one-day camp, we hope, will be a first step in engaging and inspiring the youth of Seychelles to be entrepreneurial and contribute effectively to the future development of the country.”
Barclays launched a three-year, £1.5m partnership with Junior Achievement – a charity dedicated to educating students about workplace readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy – in 2009.
Several Barclays Africa businesses have already been working with the charity on a number of community investment projects.
Barclays partnership with Junior Achievement is part of its wider community investment programme, which focuses on enterprise, employment, financial capability and financial inclusion, supporting disadvantaged people in building the confidence and skills needed to achieve financial independence and security.
In 2010, Barclays invested £55.3m in community programmes and supported more than 62,000 employees in helping over 1.5 million people in disadvantaged communities around the world.