THE word “tshepong” means “hope”, which is precisely what the Tshepong Training Programme inspires. It offers amazing opportunities to the youth in the Free State, allowing them to sharpen their skills to get them ready for their bright futures. Selected learners with commerce degrees and diplomas have been invited for interviews to find out whether they would qualify to be be included in the Tshepong Bridging Programme. On selection they would be introduced to a structured daily programme lasting seven months. All their qualifications, criminal records and credit ratings will be checked. Interested persons may contact Clair Louise White or Nicole Exley if they would like to find out more about the Tshepong Programme.The programme is a Fasset-sponsored (Finance and Accounting Services – Seta) project that provides learners an opportunity to integrate into the workplace environment by offering Generic Management Training, soft or work-readiness skills and the ICB Junior Bookkeeper Qualification. Furthermore, it incorporates mentoring and social responsibility projects, which ensure that skills obtained through training are utilised. The social responsibility projects had previously proved to be amazing initiatives that had allowed the Tshepong learners to give back to the community and make a positive difference in someone else’s life.