How Absa is Empowering Youth with AWS and DotModus

Built on AWS, Absa's ReadytoWork app puts valuable resources in the hands of young Africans.

3 months ago   •   1 min read

By Angelique Tzanakakis

As one of the most recognisable Southern African banks, Absa continues to digitally transform in a way that is beneficial to society. Recently, Absa launched the ReadytoWork app as an extension of its employability initiative to train and equip young people for the world of work or entrepreneurship.  The app lets young Africans access world-class learning content, focused on work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills.

To deliver on this mission, Absa approached DotModus to help them develop, deploy, monitor and maintain the application that provides that much-needed digital bridge for young Africans in line with their ReadytoWork initiative. There was no existing infrastructure which meant that the team at DotModus were tasked with creating a brand new stable application that could handle high traffic volumes.

When developing the ReadytoWork application, DotModus used several Amazon Web Service (AWS) products. AWS Elastic Beanstalk was used to deploy an automatically scalable application, to handle any number of users. Amazon Relational Database Service was used to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. The team chose Amazon S3 for storage, Amazon Elastic Load Balancer to improve availability and scalability, and Amazon CloudFront to deliver content securely, with low latency and high transfer speeds.

Through the application, users can complete modules that cover essential money, work, as well as people and entrepreneurial skills. Use the CV template to create a professional CV. Search for jobs by connecting with recruiters via the jobs portal. Connect with like-minded individuals on the chat feature. And, watch insightful webinars by various experts and leaders.

Since its successful release, the mobile application has processed more than 10 thousand concurrent users. The application is now available in multiple countries in Africa and is used by thousands of young adults per day.

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