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Students from Chipata Day Secondary School in Zambia and their Barclays mentors.

Chipata Day Secondary School students and their Barclays mentors.

Barclays employees in Zambia have mentored school leavers to prepare them for further education and employment.

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This programme should be done more often and extended to the larger community.
Christopher Zulu, Grade 12 student

Volunteers delivered a workshop to provide 35 students from Chipata Day Secondary School, located in the country’s Eastern province, with a basic understanding of the business world.

Some of the topics addressed include e-commerce, searching for a job, writing a CV and preparing for interviews.

The volunteers from Barclays Chipata Branch offered advice on effective money management, in an effort to help pupils develop the confidence they need to achieve financial independence and security.

Students also learned more about the importance of obtaining further education and how to apply for study scholarships.

Christopher Zulu, a Grade 12 student who took part in the workshop, said: “The programme is educative and is one way of preparing the mindset of us school leavers.”

Patrick Mutale, a teacher at the secondary school, added: “This programme should be done more often and extended to the larger community.

“We will be calling on Barclays volunteers to mentor the students before they start their school leaving exams.”

The workshop is part of Barclays partnership with youth charity Junior Achievement, which aims to educate students around the world about workplace readiness, promoting entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Barclays encourages employees to give their time, energy and skills to support the next generation to develop enterprise, money management and life skills, helping them realise their full economic potential and be of benefit to themselves, their community and the wider economy.

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