School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Young Leaders Academy Workplace Readiness Programme

Students from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics participated in the Young Leaders Academy (YLA) Workplace Readiness Programme led by the CEO of Iqraa Trust Dr Mahmoud Youssef-Baker, and YLA’s Advocate Mahomed Vahed.
Advocate Mahomed Vahed (centre) with UKZN students and lecturer Dr Heidi Matisonn (back row, far right).
Advocate Mahomed Vahed (centre) with UKZN students and lecturer Dr Heidi Matisonn (back row, far right).

‘The programme comprises core coursework, together with team-building activities, to enhance participants’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills,’ said Vahed. ‘We use the internationally acclaimed Habitudes Leadership Development Programme material and topics covered include effective communication, managing finances, and effective CVs,’ said Vahed.

Due to the high level of unemployment in the country, UKZN lecturer Dr Heidi Matisonn believes the programme is important as job seekers need more than a degree to find employment.  Matisonn says the YLA programmes provide students with employability skills and graduate attributes.

‘The programme encourages self-reflection so students are able to assess their strengths and weaknesses and find ways of overcoming obstacles. It also emphasises teamwork and creativity, which are often undervalued in an academic environment but essential in the contemporary workplace. Combining this programme with academic study provides students with a very well rounded and balanced set of skills,’ she said.

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