Strategy and ApproachThe Tertiary Education Challenge
A relevant tertiary qualification is the basic requirement for our youth to secure employment and upliftment opportunities. Access to tertiary studies is however limited, due to financial constraints and the demanding nature of full-time studies. Parents are often unable to provide sound career advice, and many learners come from low income schools with minimal guidance on tertiary studies. Strategic ApproachSelection CriteriaThe programme is open to children of PPG employees who were previously disadvantaged. It offers bursaries to matriculants at all academic levels, and focuses on the average child that may otherwise be overlooked. It targets learners who have the determination to study further and improve themselves. Advisory SupportPFEF provides guidance and support for families transitioning from school to tertiary studies. Appropriate course selection is crucial to achieving meaningful employment. The Trust collaborates with the child and parents, to identify relevant courses for their aptitude and interests, taking into consideration the future skills demand.
Practical ExperienceVocational training and courses offering practical experience are prioritised to maximise employment potential. Graduates are also assisted with CV and work readiness preparation.
Community Role ModelsThe bursary does not require a work-back period, and graduates are discouraged from joining their parent to work at Polyoak, to broaden their horizons and become community role models.