In the townships of Gauteng in South Africa, the youth unemployment rate is staggering – particularly among young women. Rather than stand idly by, Accenture Consultant Sandiso Sibisi took action. In 2013, she developed a program called “Born to Succeed” to teach young women the skills needed to obtain jobs, and even start their own businesses.
According to Sandiso, “Young women need to stand up and fight for the economic emancipation of women and young girls…and women in high authority also need to help combat these issues.”
In addition to skills training, the young women in the program are assigned a mentor from Accenture’s EMERGE Women’s Forum and, upon completion, are placed in jobs at partner companies. Since the program’s inception, participants have achieved a 94% employment rate within a year of being involved.
Read more about Sandiso’s experience with Born to Succeed and the young women who have benefited from the program.
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