Townships like Diepsloot often lack opportunities for young people from FETs and Technical training institutions which may help alleviate poverty through the skills provision and job creation.
These are some of the jobs available to the youth of Diepsloot , security and domestic are the most prevalent kind of jobs available to the youth and yet there are a lot of people looking for those jobs furthermore construction work is dominant around this area.
One other challenge that young people are often faced with when looking for jobs is experience and of which is a disadvantage, because most young people don’t have experience.
Southern Africa Youth Project exists with an aim of creating opportunities for young people through the provision of skills and job searching tools.
Southern Africa Youth Project is a Youth development institution that strives to change the way young people in rural areas and townships thinks about themselves. We do this by up-skilling them to recognize and utilize the opportunities that are around them.
This is done through the following interventions
- Educational Support for the girl child
- Capacity building for the unemployed youth
- and finally linking unemployed youth into jobs and educational opportunities
On the demand side, Southern Africa Youth Project SayPro prepares first-time employees for work, providing a pool of skilled workers for businesses and minimising the risks associated with employing first-time job seekers.
Moreover, it has built a scalable model to source, screen, and we match high volumes of young people based on their personal strengths, instead of simply looking at their educational history or other formal qualifications, and it can do this for multiple organisations at the same time.
Southern Africa Youth Project SayPro also assists job seekers in identifying which of their skills may need improvement and offers them help. On the supply side, SayPro sources and selects young people who exhibit demonstrated potential but who have gaps in work readiness, and puts them through an intensive bridging program that helps them cultivate the skills and personal development needed for success in the workplace.
They are then placed in preselected, permanent, formal-sector jobs. SayPro also addresses the resource constraints and lack of social networks that young people face when looking for work. It deploys recruiters to the areas of greatest deprivation, for example, and creates application processes that use accessible technology, such as cell phones, to reduce the costs of applying for a job.