News and Announcements from Rays of Hope

Career Guidance Project Co-ordinator
Closing 20 Jan 2024

About Ignition
As a youth development NPO, working in Alexandra, we focus on addressing the inequalities and disparities
experienced by young individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. We help them build the skills and
character needed to transcend their circumstances to succeed in their tertiary education, their careers,
financially, and in life in general. The wrap-around support we offer includes: career guidance, training,
mentoring, coaching, work readiness programmes, psycho-social support, and personal development
initiatives. Individuals stay in our programme from the end of grade 11, through university and includes their
first working year.

We are looking for:
• A University degree (preference for people or business related degrees, eg. HR / Business / Psychology /
Psychometry related degrees)
• At least 5 years work experience, including corporate experience
• Must live in Johannesburg
• Strong, proven admin and planning capabilities
• Ability to drive project to deadlines and to high standards
• High proficiency in Excel (PowerPoint and Word)
• Have an eye for detail
• Knowledge of tertiary education sector and qualifications that are available would assist
• Wide interest and knowledge of range of jobs and careers, or at least a curiosity around this
• Professional communication skills and ability to network and build lasting relationships
• Ability to evaluate the work of career counsellors, and think critically and creatively around alternatives
• Must have a passion for education
• Be positive about the future of SA people
• Self-starter and takes initiative
• Work well unsupervised, and communicate well with the team, and able to ask for help when needed

Brief Job Description
A. Expansion of Existing Career Guidance (CG) Programme – 50% of the job
Manage process of career guidance from the point that students join Ignition in Grade 11 to registering in
tertiary studies in the subsequent year.
• Co-ordinate all arrangements and communications around various events
• Capture and track progress of each individual
• Set up job shadowing
• Assist with university applications and alternative placements where necessary
• Evaluate the output of the career guidance process for each individual, and intervene where additional
assistance is required
• Monitor programme progress and drive delivery to deadlines
• M&E reporting
• Research and develop knowledge of in demand career fields, and the associated course options.
• Develop and maintain database of information to assist students and learners with careers research.
Note: This role does not involve doing psychometric assessments as these are done by our partner organisation

B. General Operations – 50% of job
1) Mentor Programme
• Mentor students
• Administer the M&E
2) Event Planning – logistics and planning
3) Upkeep of programme admin and databases
4) Administer the application and recruitment process – including interview and selection
5) Communications – with all stakeholders
6) General Student Support

For more info:
Contact: sarah@ignition.org.za to apply or for more information
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ignition-youth-development_npo-hiringnow-hiringalert-activity-7126133972471877632-7ot2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop
Video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVBm_2cwA80
Weblink: https://raysofhope.co.za/ignition-programme/

For the month of May, anyone swiping their MySchool card with Rays of Hope as a beneficiary, moves the organisation one step closer to winning R10,000.

So please shop and swipe and if you haven’t already linked your card, it is available to do at the www.MySchool.co.za site.

Muziwethu Zwane has joined Rays of Hope as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Muziwethu says it is an honour for him to be serving Rays of Hope and the Alexandra community. He refers to his position as being a CSO – Chief Serving Officer.

Muzi’s and his wife Angela and two children Khanyisile and Ethan Joshua came into membership at RUC just last year. At the 10 o’clock service sometime last year we had the privilege of hearing their testimonies as they were all baptized together as a family.

Muzi was born and raised in Alex and it’s amazing that a son of the city will be leading our outreach into Alex. He has 20 years work experience, 10yrs in Senior Management working at Samsung, Nissan, Media24 and Liberty. He has an MBA and also has a bachelor’s degree in theology from SATS.
In 2019 Muzi started his own HR advisory business, which does leadership development, management and HR Consulting Services which he’s handing over to officially join us and lead Rays of Hope.

Muzi also recently joined Bruce Whitfield on Talk 702 to discuss his new role and you can go listen here to learn more about the new Rays of Hope CEO.

In November, Rays of Hope will be taking all our young people on a camp. It is a 3-day life-changing out-of-Alex experience for them and this is the time that we truly get to share the truth about God’s love with them.

We are so grateful for all the donations received from the RUC congregation and are appealing once again for gently used clothing and goods. We wanted to let you know that we take whatever can be used in Alex to our partners there, and whatever is not able to be used, we sell at our second-hand shop, which is open every Friday at the Rays of Hope office.

Rays of Hope is looking to support our Grade 11 young people and our Trailblazers (young people out of school but not studying or working) through a year-long mentorship engagement. The requirement is for a mentor to spend time once a month virtually (or in person depending on your location) with the young person to guide, share, advise and assist them on their life journey. Training will be provided.

At this stage, we are collecting names of interested people, so please complete this form and we’ll be in contact later in the year

It’s nearly the end of the tax year, so why not give yourself a tax break, by making a tax deductible donation to Rays of Hope, Rosebank’s social outreach partner. All cash donations are eligible for Section 18A certificate.
Please send your proof of payment to Sandy@raysofhope.co.za and request your certificate.