At Sseko Uganda, we are in the process of welcoming our newest class of university-bound girls to the team, so we thought it would be a good time to explain how we recruit & hire these ladies each year! In Uganda, the school year starts in February and ends in December. So towards the end of October, as the school year comes to a close, it becomes time for us to start searching for the new Sseko class. Fortunately, we are lucky to be able to partner with an incredible high school called Cornerstone Leadership Academy (CLA) to find the newest team members, which makes the process an easy one! As we continue to grow, we hope to hire more and more of their graduating class, until each graduate can find a job with Sseko if they want one.
During the last week of October, our workshop gets a whole lot younger for a day as the girls come for interviews, lunch, a little sample of the workload they might expect next year. They’ll try their hands at beading, looping sandals, and a variety of other tasks to see whether it’s work they can take interest in.
Georgia and other members of our management staff first visit CLA in October to present Sseko to a room full of graduating students. Many have helped with family businesses, but for most, this will be their first “real” job with pay stubs and deadlines, and they were full of questions about salary, housing, and scholarships.
Cornerstone runs leadership academies across East Africa. They operate two schools in Uganda, one for boys and one for girls, and accept 25 students per class on a scholarship-only basis- bringing opportunity to the some of the best and brightest young minds in Uganda, regardless of their financial background.
They focus not just on academics, but character development as well. Their goal is to help build the next generation of ethical, empowered leaders in Uganda. Good leadership benefits not just the students themselves, but the country as a whole. Even after graduation, the students will have access to activities and a vast alumni network that help them prepare for a bright future.
We’re continually impressed with the caliber and work ethic of the students from Cornerstone, and are grateful to be the next step in their journey toward University. We can’t wait to officially introduce you to the class of 2016, and we’re looking forward to another great year!