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JOB CREATION: First Graduate Academy Training Programme is Completed


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Barnstone, a leading professional services firm, has celebrated the successful completion of its first graduate academy. The Barnstone Academy which started mid last year offered 12 young graduates a 6 month training and internship programme.

“Our goal was to play a significant role in preparing these graduates to get workplace training and help launch their careers with valuable work experience,” said Deon Crafford, managing director, Barnstone Corporate Services.

Areas of Training in the Barnstone Graduate Academy Programme

The Academy programme consisted of classroom teaching, group work and mentoring with extensive on-the job experience. The curriculum included training in Barnstone’s focus technology areas in the mining, energy and financial services sectors as well as the company’s basic consulting methodologies.

Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, Chairman, BHP Billiton handed over the certificates to all the graduates after reinforcing to all of them the importance of education and continued learning.

“Now that our first Academy is complete we are working on placing all 12 participants into full time employment. Barnstone itself will take 5 of these individuals to join our current workforce of 35 professionals with another 3 being offered medium term contracts so it’s a significant uptake. Meanwhile we are actively working with our clients to secure positions for the remaining 3 young men while one has already been head hunted by a Financial Services firm.” adds Crafford.

“Recruiting for the second Barnstone Academy will commence again shortly. This time we will redress the gender imbalance from the last programme as we had recruited male graduates from a mining project we had been working on. “

What the Barnstone Academy Offers

With an unemployment rate over 24% initiatives such as these are vital to the SA economy and Crafford believes that job creation is a responsibility shared by all enterprises and institutions, regardless of size. Barnstone has also packaged its Graduate Academy in a "managed services" offering which they provide to other enterprises who wish to serve the national imperative.

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