We know that each year around 80% of our students live on less than $1 a day. We also know that English unlocks the formal employment sector. The final thing we know is that the programmes we offer are worth nothing unless they have a tangible outcome for our students - namely better employment opportunities, or the ability to unlock new training and educational opportunities.

It is our responsibility to ensure that what we offer at Tea Leaf Vision is relevant and can help our students progress and support their families in the future. So, we have an employment team who work to identify job, internship, training and educational opportunities for our graduates. 

We also build employability skills into our Term Three programme so that when students leave they either have, or are capable of getting, a job; not only that, but a better job with better prospects and a better salary than they would otherwise have been able to access. We help the students to:

  • Understand how to write Cover Letters in English Grammar classes
  • Write their CVs in I.T. classes
  • Practise their interview skills in English Speech classes

In addition to this, every student has a mock interview with either foreign volunteers or our experienced friends from the Rotary Club of Colombo. Finally, we work with our partners Berendina Employability Services to organise job fairs and further opportunities for our students and alumni.

A key performance indicator for Tea Leaf Vision is that a minimum of 70% of our graduates are in employment, further education or training within 12 months of graduating. The last full figures we have show:

  • 101 of the 144 graduates could be contacted
  • Of this number, 93% or 96 students were in employment, further education or training within the year
  • The rate of unemployment amongst those that were successfully contacted was 5% or 5 students. This is lower than the unemployment rate of 15 to 24 year olds nationally, which stood at 22% in the first quarter of 2015

A total of 43 students could not be contacted, this is due to a variety of issues, but mainly the culture of changing phone numbers due to being offered a special deal on a new SIM card - this means that keeping in touch is hard to do! Additional reasons would be going to work abroad, or having an arranged marriage and the partner not allowing the contact.