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Tutu Legacy Foundation supports H&M Fashion Youth@Work initiative

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 18, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It's wonderful to see that the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has joined forces with fashion retailer H&M  to support a Youth@Work initiative designed to help provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
Aimed at 17 to 20 years olds, the project aims to strengthen young people’s opportunities for employment and equip them with the necessary skills to enter the job market.
Both H&M and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation see this as a critical pathway to reducing inequality and building incomes.
A Q&A with Razaan Bailey, programme director at the Tutu Foundation and Oldouz Mirzaie, manager of H&M SA, it was explained that students from the Western Cape will take part in a nine month programme.
With personal and professional skills training, service-learning opportunities and job shadowing and mentoring exercises, it aims to develop their skills for employment and instil a strong sense of citizenship.
It adds to H&M’s long-held belief in and practice of leaving a social footprint in South Africa.
They recently hosted a Career day for 36 students (mostly young women)  to gain practical, hands-on experience in a broad retail environment. “We wanted them to understand the wide scope that the fashion retail environment offers, as well as stretch their thinking, expand their perspectives and, of course, enhance their social networking skills,” explained Razaan Bailey. “We also wanted them to see the day as an opportunity to potentially discover a role that really inspired them, more than just a job … something that matched their personal values to H&M’s strong company values.”