Architecture company dhk has kicked off a new partnership with the internationally recognised non-profit organisation Go for Gold, with two beneficiaries from its award-winning education-to-employment programme joining the architecture company’s Cape Town design studio as interns this year.
Go for Gold tackles youth unemployment, education and skills development in under-privileged communities with its innovative four-phase model that provides a fully integrated personal and professional developmental pipeline.
Initially, Grade 11 & 12 learners are given the opportunity to boost their education with weekly extra lessons in maths, science, life skills and leadership development training. After matriculation, participants take part in a yearlong internship with partner companies, which provides them with exposure to the built environment and enables them determine their course of study the following year. An added advantage is that partner companies to get to know their bursary candidates before investing in their tertiary studies. The beneficiaries of the programme enjoy bursary support and the secure knowledge of guaranteed employment once they graduate.
It is this holistic approach and sustainable long-term strategy that sets Go for Gold apart and ensures the programme’s high success rate for its beneficiaries and partner companies.
dhk has been running a successful bursary scheme for many years, and the new partnership with Go for Gold will run in parallel with the company’s existing programme, supporting dhk’s commitment to development and transformation within the industry.
Jacqui Barhouch, Associate and Head of Communications at dhk who spearheads the company’s involvement in the programme said “With Go for Gold we’re able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people while opening up the world of architecture to students who may not have even been aware of this as a career option.”
dhk is the first architecture company to partner with Go for Gold and the firm is challenging others to take part, “We want to encourage other built environment professionals to get involved with this programme and help build a pool of bright young talent,” said Barhouch.
Go for Gold is approaching companies within the South African built environment to join the programme and make use of the its developmental pipeline to secure graduates for industry who are work-ready and have practical experience within the sector. As an NPO, Go for Gold is able to offer benefits that complement companies BBBEE requirements throughout its four-phases and also boasts an enterprise development company, Uketha Investments that benefits companies and future beneficiaries alike.