Making Meaningful Work Possible

Many people who are unemployed in South Africa are also unemployable – lacking the basic hard and soft skills required to seek and secure meaningful employment. Common Good’s employment initiative, The Zanokhanyo Network, offers a transformational Work Readiness journey that serves as a bridge to opportunity by restoring dignity and hope, equipping people to realise their potential, and preparing them for the world of work.

What We Do

Our holistic approach to Work Readiness is achieved by providing practical training in a supportive environment that encourages social and spiritual development. Alongside hard skills training including CV and cover letter writing, interview training, and job searching we equip participants to deal with their trauma, to explore questions of identity and to identify their strengths – restoring a sense of confidence.

In this way we support individuals throughout their entire journey – from being unemployed and possibly unemployable, to being confident and prepared for the job market.

Work Readiness

Our exciting new 16-day curriculum takes place over 4 weeks. Half of this time is spent in the classroom and the other half takes place in an interactive, online space where participants can learn remotely using WhatsApp. Through our WhatsApp bot participants gain access to course work but can also create a professional CV by answering simple WhatsApp messaging prompts. From classroom to the online space, we actively foster a sense of community in which self-esteem and dignity is restored, and life purpose can be envisioned.

Workshops

We offer a small selection of computer focused workshops to anyone who has graduated from our Work Readiness Course. These workshops aim to introduce our graduates to the world of computers, internet and email, as well as basic software programs like MS Word. Not only does this help with job searching and CV writing but equips them with hard skills to use in potential roles and prepares them for a digital world.

Graduate Support

We encourage all our Work Readiness graduates to engage with our Graduate Support team once they’ve graduated. Our team runs a variety of short workshops and events every month where they assist graduates with their CV’s, host practical workshops on job-seeking skills, and share relevant industry-related information, often with the help of guest speakers.