Barclays Bank of Uganda has today partnered with Airtel Uganda to enhance access youth employability skills. Airtel Uganda in their partnership will provide free internet for all youth who get to sign up for the Barclays ‘ReadytoWork’ program.
Providing youth with a digital and face to face learning curriculum to help them develop skills that will prepare them for employment, Barclays Uganda launched the program last year in May targeting High school students in their A-level, University students, and graduates who already completed their respective courses but are looking to better their employability skills.
During the press conference held at the Barclays Bank of Uganda head offices, Managing Director Barclays Uganda; Jha Rakesh, said; “our collaboration with Airtel Uganda will help us reach more youth and provide them with required data to complete their course. So far the platform has over 12,000 youth registered.”
Bhartia Deepak on behalf of Airtel Uganda Managing Director, said, Airtel Uganda prides itself in creating impactful partnerships which ultimately benefit the community.
“We are here today to partner with Barclays Uganda to provide free data for the ReadytoWork Program to help the community achieve their ambitions, he said.”
For all youth to be eligible for this offer, they need to own a smartphone and a registered Airtel Uganda sim-card. They will be required to dial *175*200# to receive 125Mbs in data bundles that will be valid for two (2) months. The bundles will however be used specially for the ReadytoWork program and won’t be viewed on volume check.
Once the user dials the code, s/he will be directed to the ReadytoWork web portal.
With over 30% of unemployed graduates in Uganda, Barclays Bank Uganda believes that the program will help many youth get employment opportunities, or perhaps start up their own business to help others.
To recall, last year in December, over 2,000 youth who attained the free training program each received two Certificates; Barclays ReadytoWork, and Google Digicon Mini.