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Skills & Youth Employability

Despite the significant investment in TVET and skills development in South Africa over the past two decades, 43% of the 1 million school leavers each year become discouraged within 6 months. Within a year of leaving school, nearly two-thirds of young people find themselves out of any system of employment, education, or training.

The low levels of successful transitions from education to the world of work, are a result of mismatch in the supply of and demand for skills, as well as in the interface between supply and demand.

The Skills & Youth Employability programme aims to harness business expertise and resources to unlock demand for skills in the labour market and build inclusive pathways to learning and employment across the economy.

A key component of this work is facilitating a collective response to youth unemployment through the implementation of practical interventions, through systemic partnerships with government departments, public TVET Colleges and others aimed at addressing the mismatch and interface between supply and demand.

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Achievements to date:

Total of 434 Learners trained since late 2019 (Minimal cohorts in 2020 due to lockdown).

Total of 255 planned for second half of 2023.

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Funding to date from:

Development Partners – DI, GIZ/SECO, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), HoE (Swiss Charity).

Private Sector – Nedbank, ABSA, Old Mutual, Exxaro, Momentum, Growthpoint, Sasol.

Provincial Government – Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED)/Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA), Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (WC DEDAT).

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