Careerbox (www.www.Careerbox.co.za), a non-profit company, has been recognized for its influence in promoting the benefits of Impact Sourcing by the global association representing all stakeholders in the supply chain. value of outsourcing, IAOP. To date, the company has placed more than 35,000 previously disadvantaged and unemployed youth and women in permanent jobs with sustainable incomes.
These people can support their families and contribute to the economy of their community, and to date they have impacted more than 142,000 lives, exceeding Careerbox’s 2020 goal of impacting 100,000 lives. As such, the organization has now set itself the goal of positively altering the realities of one million Africans across the continent through similar initiatives.
“At Careerbox, our focus is not just on a single person’s future, but the multiplier effect we can create across their community,” explains CEO Lizelle Strydom. “We believe that if you can prepare a young person to invest in their own future, you will inspire their entrepreneurial spirit and continue to build on their career and personal achievements, potentially creating thousands of jobs for those around them.”
The organization’s efforts toward youth development through education have resulted in it being designated as a Mandela Legacy career program of choice, as well as being selected as a recipient of the Digital Jobs Africa initiative, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. .
Impact Sourcing equips underprivileged demographics and the long-term unemployed with skills to fill existing sustainable vacancies obtained through a network of corporate partners. The Careerbox model prepares young people and women to participate in programs and apprenticeships where you earn while you learn with a job opportunity outcome at the end. The strategy encourages the intentional hiring of workers from disadvantaged communities who have fewer career prospects for sustainable jobs.
“The Global Impact Sourcing Award (GISA) winners for 2021 were chosen from a strong field of 44 candidates and selected based on the importance of Impact Sourcing to their business model and public engagement,” said Jon Browning, President and CEO Executive of the IAOP CSR Committee of the Global Mentoring Initiative. “Impact Sourcing has become an essential component of today’s BPO industry and service providers recognize that this is an effective means of demonstrating social responsibility.”
Successful partner initiatives, such as collaboration with Intel on the She Will Connect program, enabled Careerbox to contribute to the development of digital literacy for millions of women in Africa. This approach is informed and closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty, promote gender equality and economic growth, and build public-private partnerships.
These values and initiatives have attracted local and international partners from telecommunications, multimedia and financial services, and have received accolades from a diverse network of fans, including former Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar.
“Careerbox fuels Impact Sourcing’s work to help change lives and restore dignity to African communities,” continues Strydom. “That dignity inspires confidence, which is the main missing ingredient that we see among many thousands of our young people. We are grateful to be recognized for our work and will use this as a platform to amplify this message and impact more lives. “
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