Challenges on youth unemployment

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Southern Africa Youth Poject Job seeker Clifford Legodi | SayPro

Challenges on Youth Unemployment

  • Every day a young person stays unemployed after completing high school, TVET college or university. When they stay for more than two years without finding employment. Their chances of getting employment again may be minimal.
  • Every day adolescent girls and young women are looking for jobs however, they are not winning even in interviews.
  • Adolescent Girls and Young Women girls and young women find themselves resorting to other means of survival such as crime because they are not able to feed themselves. We see Adolescent Girls and Young Women girls and young women engaging in drugs and prostitution.
  • Adolescent Girls and Young Women girls and young women start businesses and their businesses fail due to lack of skills, unprofessional, and poor contracts management. This is due to they started their businesses without prior preparation.

 Problems on Youth unemployment: SayPro works with migrants from rural areas to townships near the city of Johannesburg upon their arrival in the town; they find themselves in a pressure to find employment within a short space of time. 

The caused is the pressure to support their children, to pay rent, and for them to survive. 

About 70% of these youth migrants have passed secondary school grade 12. 

In those who have Grade 12, there is 95% of them who obtained a college admission, and 5% have received a university admission to study at any university or university.

 However, in some two who passed with college and university admission, only 15% can enter higher education. 

Within 15%, only 50% of the number will be able to complete and obtain a degree or diploma. 

With employment, we have found out that in every ten youth, only 6 gets work.

“SayPro aims to empower the youth through up skilling them to recognize and utilize the opportunities that are around.

We do this by providing Information, Capacity Building and Job placement for unemployed youth.

In the six, only one gets permanent employment. Five cannot keep their jobs for over two years because of anger, dissatisfaction, behaviour, and demotivation.

The cause is that these youth have 1-4 children between the ages of 25 – 30 years. 

They also have a big family of unemployed people who relies on them for support. The cost of living is expensive as the food and clothing become a cost day in and day out. 

These problems create a burden for the employed youth as the amount they earn is below the expected monthly expenditures. Also, the issues require them to seek employment to solve those problems quickly. 

Then a new problem arises. Where they are dismissed, and they join those who are already unemployed. This is how SayPro Plans to transform the lives of the youth.

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