DURBAN – Absa has launched its evolved graduate recruitment programme, the Gen A Grad Programme, which has advanced from its Rising Eagles Graduate Programme.
The Gen A Grad Programme reflects the bank’s continued commitment to harnessing and nurturing the workforce of the future, focusing in particular on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) combined with leadership.
By as soon as 2020, nearly 80 percent of jobs will require a blend of science, technology, engineering and maths, so it is essential that companies contribute to building a digitally savvy future workforce equipped to handle the realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
While STEM is the main focus of the programme, it will also bring in leadership and other human behavioural skills that are taught mainly in arts or humanities degrees – because the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires a blend of STEM and the human element.
"As a forward-thinking bank committed to bringing the continent’s possibilities to life, we are well-positioned to shape this generation of young leaders," said Dr. Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni, Group Head of Leadership, Learning and Talent at Absa.