Social activist and radio personality Adelle Onyango has launched an initiative that will equip the youth and prepare them for the job market.
Together with an online talent management platform, Fuzu, Adelle has unveiled a job apprenticeship initiative that will take successful applicants through a two-week shadowing process with executives in over 30 companies.
“It’s about giving young people a one on one opportunity and access to insight from different professionals in a variety of industries and organizations.
“Our education system is largely theoretical and as a result a majority of people get to know what their jobs entail and require practically, once they are already in the job, this initiative with Fuzu and its partners seeks to provide insight for the youth so that they may be able to have some understanding of what their dream careers entail and require from a practical perspective.”
“It could be the head of an organization or business. It is an opportunity for the young people to get practical experience and learn outside of the lecture theatres. We are trying to provide young people with an opportunity to understand better the industries they are interested in; one could apply for a position in what they want to do, what they studied or what they are passionate about,” Adelle explained.
The job shadowing is free for TeamADELLE members and anyone else interested; they can get the application forms from Adelle’s social media platforms (Facebook: Adelle Onyango, Twitter: @AdelleOnyango, Instagram: Adelle Onyango).
“The apprenticeship will be spread across ten days and will be carried out in a variety of companies. Each apprenticeship will be different and tailored to suit the needs and requirements of the business/organization and the apprentice,” Adelle said.
Apllicants can apply starting September 10th to 16th.
Adelle mused, “We have employers complaining about young people, saying that they don’t know how to conduct themselves during interviews and that their CVs’ are not well done. I thought where should they get this information? There is no emphasis placed on it in our education system? Our initiative is trying to help fix this and prepare young people for the job market.”
Arnold Muoki, Head of Human Resource, Turnkey Africa, one of the companies that have graciously accepted to be part of the job shadowing initiative said: “Knowledge is a combination of a strong theoretical background and work experience creates a market-ready talent. The turnaround time of our graduates into being effective talent pieces in the world of work has a direct impact on the pace at which our economy grows which affects our quality of life.”
Echoing him is Chandni Shah, the Business Growth Specialist at Express Automation, who added, “They need to understand how corporate works, they need to find their ground and understand where they can fit in instead of settling for any job. Job satisfaction is key for today’s generation. It’s always a pleasure to show someone the way, mentor them for a short while and handhold them through the first days of corporate world.”
Fuzu is an online talent management platform that revolutionizes the way companies in East Africa attract talent, recruit more efficiently and develop skills and competencies. It is a platform that complements current HR processes to shorten recruitment cycle and to attract/review only relevant CVs Fuzu is also a place where the African talent lives and grows, a place where professionals of all levels can plan their growth, learn new skills, follow news and discussions about personal development. It is a place to be matched to new career opportunities when the moment of change arrives. Your People – Our Priority.
[fu:žu] is a Swahili verb for qualify; progress; become competent; succeed
About Adelle Onyango
Adelle Onyango is a Kenyan media personality who has been declared one of OkayAfrica’s 100 extraordinary African women for 2018; as well as one of BBC’s 100 inspirational and innovative women in the world for 2017. Adelle is currently a co-host on the popular KISS FM Breakfast Show.
She also hosts her own Saturday night radio show, Urban Africa, which is dedicated to exclusively featuring African music and artists. In 2017, Adelle started a web series, AdelleTV, where she shares entertaining videos with her audience.
AdelleTV is now in its second season and has produced 23 videos that average at about 52,000 views per episode. Adelle is also on a mission to empower Kenyan youth. In 2017, she formalized TeamADELLE, a charity-based program that provides opportunities for personal and professional development.
Today, TeamADELLE has almost 3,000 registered members that can be engaged directly via phone or email. The group also has social media pages with 6,000 followers on Twitter; 3,100 followers on Instagram; and 2,000 followers on Facebook.