Addressing Youth Unemployment through ICT-skills in South Africa
Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 52.84 percent from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all-time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019 and a record low of 48.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. This means that more than six out of 10 youth are unemployed and an average of 3 out of 10 youth lose their jobs every day. Dieplsoot is on the township in South Africa, with a high unemployment rate, with more than 52% youth unemployment. Many of the youth have resorted to illegal activities to try to make ends meet so that they can provide for their families.
Southern Africa Youth Project has worked in collaboration with government agencies (department of higher education and training), NGOs serving young people, large corporations and businesses, recruitment agencies, and local communities to promote inclusive economic empowerment (access into vocational training, completion, and transition into the job market) for unemployed and unskilled young people through our ICT-based Work and Life readiness and opportunity placement model.
We managed to implement activities such as Advice, referral services, Community awareness, School entrepreneurship, Work readiness, ICT-Based, and Opportunity placement programs for the youth. Through our ICT-based Work and Life readiness and opportunity placement model, we have managed to work with a total unemployed youth. Southern Africa Youth Project addresses Youth Unemployment by providing Advisory and Referral Services, where youth can access information on services provided by SayPro and other local NPOs. At this stage, we assist the youth to make choose programs relevant that will help work towards making the right career choices and we provide them with tools and platforms for services and opportunities.
We then enrolled in a Life Skills program where they received skills to help set goals and work towards achieving them. We also train them in Goal setting, Opportunity awareness, Work readiness, Personal Development as well as emotional intelligence.
Ones the youth have completed Life Skills, they are provided with the Skills Development program to equip them with the necessary skills to compete in the job markets. We train the in Wholesale and Retail (Cashier and Waiter); ICT programs (Basic Computer Skills, System Support, and System Development). We
then place them in a Workplace Experience program and upon completion; they receive an accredited certificate and assisted with a job application.
Our model provides a holistic approach towards addressing unemployment because we provide a basket of services to enable youth to become independent so that they can find employment and actively participate in the economy. This model is great because it enables to contribute towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:
- SDG 4. Quality Education – Southern Africa Youth Project contributes to increasing the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship in Southern Africa.
- SDG 8. Decent work and economic growth – Southern Africa Youth Project contributes to reducing the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training in Southern
Through our programs, youth can make informed decisions, access employment opportunities, actively participate in economic activities, advocate for equal rights of our people, establish and manage social initiatives of change. With over 14 630 young people impacted since inception, we are proud to be one of the drivers of youth empowerment in South Africa and neighboring countries.
Southern Africa Youth Project changes the way the youth think about themselves through the provision of Skills Development Programs to help them access employment opportunities and create sustainability for themselves and their families.
More than 1 200 youth get places into Jobs, Learner-ships, Internship, and Work Experience Programs through our Job center.