We're only as strong as the communities in which we operate. So it makes good sense for us to be a responsible citizen, which includes supporting local communities with the skills and resources that we have.
Community Outreach Programme (COP) gives our people the opportunity to volunteer at children’s homes to tutor and assist in administrative tasks from May to November every year.
We’re expanding the COP to improve on its sustainability by starting the ‘Fund Their Future’ Programme. It's meant to help children at our Community Outreach Homes who struggle academically but are good with technical skills.
We hope to give them skills to depend on, to earn a living and contribute to the society. This is especially important because they will leave the Homes at 17 years old, most without plans for the future.
We’ve also worked with EWRF (Education Welfare Research foundation) to identify their interest and strengths because identifying which vocational course is suitable.
We participated in The Bursa Bull Charge in 2014 and will continue it as one of our yearly CR events.
Last year, the participants from different companies charged through the streets of Kuala Lumpur to raise RM 1.4 million worth of funds for charities. Every year, the run will follow Kuala Lumpur’s Capital Market Trail – a route through the Central Business District that passes the headquarters of many Capital Market players within our community as a reminder of the sustainability of our marketplace.
The Rat Race is one of our yearly CR events - we’ve participated in it since 2000. Every year, local and foreign companies in Malaysia are encouraged to take part in the Kuala Lumpur Rat Race. Donning work clothes and assorted accessories like handphones and briefcases, the participating teams contributed funds to beneficiaries and charities all around Malaysia.
Mentoring workshops for students by PwC's young professionals. Helping students discover their potential, believe in themselves and help them go further through workshops on soft skills.
This programme started in 2010 in the KL office and we’ve extended our reach to a school in Penang. There are plans to extend to more schools in KL.
"Be brave to speak my mind and take the outcome positively, whatever it may be" - Ameenah Azman, ASR (IX).
We hosted a group of accounting students from University Malaya (UM) for the Aspire to Lead workshop with the focus on building confidence. Held in the KL office on a Friday morning, this workshop was organised to prepare the students for their transition from university to workplace.
With the overall theme of 'what would you do if you weren't afraid?', the students watched the PwC Global Aspire to Lead webcast on gaining confidence (have a look! we found it useful too).
We also had a panel discussion with two PwC staff, Ameenah Azman and Aishah Abdul Latiffwhere they shared their experiences and interesting insights on how to stand up for yourself, be more confident and speak up.
We'll be organising the next Aspire to Lead workshop with another local university soon. Do keep a look out for the update! or let us know if you have a good story to share.
"We saw many breakthroughs that day. The kids surprised us, by taking the Big Bold step to speak up and used English! The kids are excited and looking forward to the next workshop." - Jasmine, TFM fellow at SMK Jelai (Felda)
Continuing our support for the Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Flipped programme for the second year, we ran a session on presentation skills for 14 and 15 year olds.
The students learned some basic presentation skills which involved verbal and non-verbal communication. They were asked to bring a photo they took and present/share their stories in small groups. The volunteers then shared their feedback on the students' presentations and gave them pointers on how to ace their presentations.
At the end of the session, the students stepped out of their comfort zone and did another round of presentation in English. According to the TFM teachers, the students improved a lot and this session has helped boost their self-confidence. We're very proud of them too!
Check out Twitter for details and photos #PwCMYCR.
Next up, Photoblogging workshop!