IMPACT and MEDIA
BY THE NUMBERS
1000 people per WORK 4 A LIVING Centre
A WORK 4 A LIVING CENTRE changing communities IN EVERY CITY and TOWN – wherever there is poverty or need
EMPOWERED TO HELP THEMSELVES ECONOMICALLY and WORK TO A STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
On average 60% of our 3E students find employment within 3-6 months, some much sooner
IMPACT IN 2017
- 4471 W4AL students trained – all unemployed
- OVER 2000 confirmed employed (many more unavailable between 8 and 5, assumed employed)
- 247 new businesses started
- 2645 completed skills training (marketable skills)
- 240 studying further or back to school as a result of W4AL
“We started using Siya Sebenza’s WORK 4 A LIVING programme in 2013. Initially we saw it as an avenue to secure staff through their Job Centres as we had just acquired a contract to provide logistics services to Mercedes Benz in East London. We chose to use their recruitment arm specifically because we liked the fact that they taught ethics, work ethic, self-governance and financial literacy to job-seekers BEFORE we employed them. Once we saw what was being taught, we then decided to use the WORK 4 A LIVING programme as part of our induction process, putting ALL our new recruits (450) through the programme.”
“We have been making use of WORK 4 A LIVING for recruitment purposes. The candidates that we have recruited from WORK 4 A LIVING definitely come with a strong sense of work ethic, attitude and commitment, which makes out a integral part of the training they receive from WORK 4 A LIVING. Having WORK 4 A LIVING as a channel from which we can recruit makes the work of the recruiter so much easier. We are looking forward to being able to source more great candidates from them in 2013/4.
Trainer Buffken t/a KFC
The WORK 4 A LIVING programme provides an innovative and highly effective solution to some of South Africa’s most pressing problems, namely; unemployment, job readiness and entrepreneurship. The GM South Africa Foundation has partnered with Siya Sebenza (the organization that rolls out the WORK 4 A LIVING programme) since 2008. This has taken the form of a joint effort to provide WORK 4 A LIVING training to parents of students at ten high-need schools across Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The positive results of the initiative speak to the impact that WORK 4 A LIVING makes on lives. More than 60% of participants found employment after completing the training and many innovative businesses were started. I look forward to continuing to hear reports of the many lives powerfully impacted by WORK 4 A LIVING as it continues its great work of service to our society.
THE GM SOUTH AFRICA FOUNDATION
“Their Focus upon ethics, responsibility, and worldview sets the program apart from other initiatives with similar objectives and ensures that those successfully completing the program have skills and qualities making them distinct from other job seekers in the local area. This fact was borne out by the local employers that I met who gave glowing reports of the staff they had employed Via the WORK 4 A LIVING Program.”
Lord Sawyer Darlington
House of Lords
With this large expansion WORK 4 A LIVING have had to overcome a massive challenge in ensuring that, as the number of centres grows, the quality of the Work-4aLiving programme remains consistently high across all centres. This has been achieved by implementing an effective monitoring and evaluation system that was developed from scratch by W4AL and enables them to consistently follow the performance of every centre.
I look forward to continuing to hear reports of the many lives powerfully impacted by Work-4aLiving as it continues its great work of service to our society.
Professor John Wilson Director,
Newcastle University Business School