Jackie Carroll is the CEO and co-founder of Media Works, South Africa's leading provider of adult education and training for over 21 years.
Finding your first job: a step-by-step guide for grads

The university year has drawn to a close and, if you're a new graduate, you're likely in the process of trying to find your first job. Breaking into the labour market can be extraordinarily difficult if you don't know where to begin or how to navigate the professional world...

By Jackie Carroll 2 Dec 2019

The many wrongs of the right to education

Human Rights Day offers us the chance to assess the Constitution, and an evaluation of the Constitution's right to education reveals stark results. It is a difficult report card to read...

By Jackie Carroll 20 Mar 2019

How local businesses are closing SA's education gap

While South Africa's government faces challenges with providing quality education to all, local businesses have increasingly stepped into the learning gap to upskill their staff...

By Jackie Carroll 7 Mar 2019

Unhappy with your matric results? Here's what you can do

The final results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations a critical time in learners' lives as a matric certificate has become a basic requirement for getting a job in South Africa...

By Jackie Carroll 8 Jan 2019

Why we need to take a lifelong approach to learning

As technological advancements continue to drive the global economy, linking the two aspects of learning - literacy and skills development - has become essential...

By Jackie Carroll 14 Sep 2018

It's not a matter of why we should empower women at work - it's how

In early 2018, Media Works and academic publisher Juta and Company launched Effective Leader, a course that aims to help aspiring employees become great leaders...

By Jackie Carroll, Issued by Juta and Company 14 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Illiteracy rates among women are falling: why isn't this good news?

Functional illiteracy rates in South Africans over the age of 20 are on the decline. But, this doesn't necessarily point to either a satisfactory education system or an equitable employment environment...

By Jackie Carroll 10 Aug 2017

Bridging the education gap to fulfil basic human rights

Education is a fundamental human right and the foundation upon which other rights are built on. Without education, an individual cannot realise their full potential...

By Jackie Carroll 22 Mar 2017

Adult matric opens up employment opportunities

Today, 8 September 2015, is International Literacy Day and it is a good time to reflect on the value the adult matric will bring to a society, where only 28 out of a 100 school entrants achieve matric...

By Jackie Carroll 7 Sep 2015

Do your homework before contracting training suppliers

Underlining the dire state of further education and training in South Africa is a story on the Mail & Guardian website, 'Limpopo youth lose out after R28m skills project grinds to halt'...

By Jackie Carroll 11 Aug 2015

The human right to a relevant education

Human Rights Day, 21 March serves as a reminder of past injustices and our achievements in working towards an equal society. The right to education is the key to the improvement of people's lives, no matter what life stage they are in...

By Jackie Carroll 17 Mar 2015

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