As part of Lenovo’s Global Month of Service, it has partnered with GirlCode, a well-known NPO that specializes in providing previously disadvantaged women with affordable, inclusive digital skills training and development.
The initiative forms parts of Lenovo’s international grassroots effort that empowers the company’s global network to meet the unique needs of communities where they live and work.
Since 2014, GirlCode has strived towards empowering young women through various programmes, which include the highly regarded GirlCode Learner-ship and GirlCode online Bootcamp.
The partnership bolsters GirlCode’s learner-ship coding programme (which offers an NQF Level Systems development and Software Development) by offering additional soft skills training to thirty young women (aged 18-23) all of whom are currently completing their training with the organisation.
Lenovo South Africa Country General Manager, Thibault Dousson says the company strivev to give back to the communities in which they work.
“We love to support them through education and training, as we believe these are the most effective ways to uplift and empower them. It was amazing to see these 30 young women learn to code and we are so happy that we were able to do our bit to help prepare them for the workplace.”
This soft skills training will continue to assist young women to prepare themselves for the workplace, by giving them in-depth training in these key areas including CV Writing, mock interviews, Email etiquette, Dress Code, Branding,, Microsoft package and Business etiquette among others.
Lenovo has also ensured that these women have access to hygiene pads, which will prevent them from missing school and work – as well as access to Lenovo tablets to aid them in sustaining their digital access once the learner-ship is completed.
While this partnership has been announced during the company’s global month of service, Lenovo commits itself to strong, sustainable partnerships, and will be continuing this journey with GirlCode long-term.