The Saver Waya-Waya programme for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) College students was implemented in the first half of 2016 in four TVET colleges in Gauteng and the North West Province. A reach of more than 1 200 young adults was attained, across campuses in Hammanskraal at the Temba campus of Tshwane North TVET College, and in the Brits, Mankwe and Rustenberg campuses of Orbit TVET College. The programme was designed to empower and help students make the right financial choices when they enter the world of work.
The SWW-TVET 2018 was delivered by the ASISA Foundation, funded and supported by the ABSA Africa Group limited, targeting students in their final year of study, from four Sedibeng TVET College campuses in Gauteng (Heidelburg, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and Sebokeng), and one from the North West province, Orbit TVET College (Orbit Brits TVET). The programme was implemented from April to October 2018.
The programme aimed to reach 1, 000 participants across all five campuses. At the end of the programme, the total reach was 1, 450, with 987 (83%) students attending at least 3 out of 5 workshops. There was good retention of students across the programme.
The approach was to focus on repeat messaging and interaction, leveraging the student’s campus presence by holding on-campus weekly sessions over a seven-week period and employing a learning-by-doing strategy using industrial drama, Facebook, SMSs and WhatsApp. The financial literacy and soft skills key messages included:
The programme concluded with an Awards event hosted at each campus to showcase the creative theatre dramas which were produced by the 500 participating students, and performed to their peers and members of academia at each campus. The story-lines of the dramas were crafted around their newly acquired financial education and guidance for being more prepared to enter the job market and managing their money once they begin earning an income.
M&E was conducted by an external and experienced service provider.
To view the summative M&E report
High-level findings from the Implementation evaluation report are:
Based on the findings, recommendations were made to improve future iterations of the programme, these included:
The Vanderbijlpark campus hosted the SWW-TVET 2018 Awards Event on the 15 of June.
The Vereeniging campus hosted the SWW-TVET 2018 Awards Event on the 1st of August 2018.
The Excel@Uni Financial Education Programme was implemented in partnership between the ASISA Foundation and Excel@Uni. Excel@Uni is a student support and bursary management company that manages corporate bursaries for university education and provides academic and mentorship support to the bursary recipients. The programme formed part of the ‘Professional and Personal Development’ support service offered by Excel@Uni, which aims to equip students with the relevant skills they need before they enter the workplace.
The programme was implemented between August and October 2017 and comprised two 6-hour financial education workshops in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. The target audience for these workshops were Excel@Uni bursary recipients from the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Witwatersrand (‘Wits’), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and the University of Pretoria (UP).
The purpose of the Financial Education Programme was to improve participants’ knowledge of financial topics and ‘real life’ financial scenarios, so that they are better prepared to manage their finances as they leave university and enter the workplace. The ultimate objective of the programme is to contribute to a positive change in the participants’ financial behaviour.
M&E of the programme was conducted by an external and experienced service provider.
To view the summative M&E report