Youth urged to take up opportunities

18 June 2018 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged youth to take up the opportunities available to them to turn the tide on youth unemployment. “Government initiatives like the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) exist to assist with the rehabilitation and maintenance of our infrastructure, and the NYDA [National Youth Development Agency] […]

Public Works to accelerate fight against poverty, unemployment

13 April 2017  Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says he is confident his department will accelerate the fight against poverty and unemployment through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Minister Nhleko and his deputy Jeremy Cronin have recently been briefed by senior managers in the department on progress being made in the fight against poverty […]

Ramaphosa urges private sector to support youth empowerment

Original article on sabc.co.za | 27 March 2017 | by Tshepo Ikaneng Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the private sector to support government initiatives to transform post-school education and training.  He was speaking at the National Skills Conference in Irene, Pretoria. Among the conference objectives are the strengthening of the skills development system to enhance […]

Integrating technical education is key to achieving the sustainability agenda

Original article on standardmedia.co.ke | 22 March 2016 |By Adil Popat | During the World Summit Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002, a very critical declaration was made. Key among them was the promulgation of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014). This was a major international effort to mainstream […]

Why SA’s youth need to pursue specialised skills and expertise

Original article  on pressoffice.mg.co.za |20 March 20117 Issued by: Little Black Book PR In today’s fast changing and technology driven world of work, the skills and expertise required of employees, at every level, are in themselves becoming fluid and ever changing. Where job titles and roles were once fixed and specific, many are no longer relevant and […]

N Cape injects millions to empower rural youth

Original ariticle on sabc.co.za | 5 March 2017 | by Neria Hlakotsa Three-hundred young people from rural areas in the Northern Cape have benefited from the newly-launched provincial youth skills development programme. The R10 million programme aims to equip young people with skills and is expected to run from a year. Premier Sylvia Lucas says this […]

Africa’s jobless youth cast a shadow over economic growth

Original article on thezimbabwedaily.com | 29 February 2017 African governments are confronting unemployment in many different ways. In Senegal, with 200,000 Senegalese joining the labour market each year, President Macky Sall launched a programme in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly 300,000 by 2017. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is […]

South Africa: Skills, Job Opportunities for Gauteng Youth

Original article on allafrica.com | 22February 2017 Gauteng government partnerships will provide thousands of young people with training and job opportunities while empowering them with the relevant skills needed in the job market. One of example of this is Tshepo 500 000, a flagship programme focusing on creating opportunities for half a million young people […]

What South Africa can do about youth unemployment in the short run

Original article on thesouthafrican.com | 13 February 2017 | By The Conversation South Africa’s youth unemployment rates are now considered to be chronic. The latest figures show that about 48% of South Africans between 15 and 34 were unemployed in the third quarter of 2016. The situation has worsened over the past eight years despite a […]

Barriers to Youth Employment: Pursuing a Career vs. Finding a Job

Original article on engineeringnews.co.za | 9 February 2017 | by Barloworld Logistics Is the prevailing ‘job mentality’ hindering our youth and their quest for rewarding work? In recent months, much has been written about the staggeringly high unemployment levels in South Africa. While many solutions have been proffered, from policy changes to training hubs, recent research conducted by Barloworld […]