The Trafigura Foundation has committed to helping FXB launch a new vocational training programme in Soweto and Alexandra.
FXB is a charity that equips young people from the Johannesburg townships of Soweto and Alexandra with skills and knowledge to help them find a job or become self-employed. The project is entering its third year, and in February 2016 a new batch of 44 ambitious students joined the programme. Sadly 35 students have lost one or both of their parents and the other 9 beneficiaries have no guardians and must take care of themselves. We’re thrilled that all 44 FXB/Trafigura Vocational Programme beneficiaries passed their courses and are now qualified.
17 Alexandra beneficiaries now have permanent jobs in a debt collection call centre or in a sales company. 2 pioneering youth from the Soweto group have started their own t-shirt, caps and mug printing business. 9 Soweto beneficiaries found employment as retail merchandiser, call centre agent, office administrator and shop assistant, while others are interning in the hope of gaining employment at their companies. Encouragingly, 7 youths from Soweto are continuing their studies.