Is there hope for youth employment in South Africa? There just might be.
As we say goodbye to 2019 and await 2020 that pry’s around the corner, we might fall part of the few South Africans, if not the majority, who are planning to make a new year’s resolution. The question on my mind is how hopeful can the youth that just matriculated be for the new year? And will their resolution of employment or further studies have more success than our plans for 2020? Will they be welcomed in with open arms or will they face a wall of responses telling them that they are not qualified or experienced enough? I know, of course, businesses are not obligated to fulfil positions that require qualified and experienced individuals by people who are not fit for those roles. However, there are ways to employ these young South Africans. Learnerships are a good way to assist in the growth of the person and by placing these learners within specific positions that will require a skilled worker, this will reward the business with a potential asset in return.
Many businesses implement learnership programmes yearly with great rewards both on the learner’s side and for the business itself. For more information on this, visit Top Learnerships to see what’s available. With my 2 cents on the topic out of the way, here are the facts. An excerpt from Stats SA paints a vivid picture on youth unemployment, “The youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market as the unemployment rate among this age group was 55,2% in the 1st quarter of 2019. Among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate was 31,0% during this period compared to 19,5% in the 4th quarter of 2018 – an increase of 11,4 percentage points quarter-on-quarter. However, the graduate unemployment rate is still lower than the rate among those with other educational levels, meaning that education is still the key to these young people’s prospects improving in the South African labour market. ” To read the full article from Stats SA please click here
I’m a fan of statistics as it gives us factual and calculated information; it helps us direct our thoughts on certain topics and might even redirect them. However, if you take a moment to reflect on yourself, your family members and friends, as well as acquaintances that hold a qualification, you should be able to at least know one person if not more who are qualified but have been struggling to find work in their field. You might’ve heard the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” and here’s a fact, that’s an African proverb. And with those words being close to home, as South Africans, we should be educating the youth who are yet to venture into this working world with enough knowledge to not have them overwhelmed with being unprepared. For instance, help them write a CV or build up their confidence to create a video CV to boost their confidence. Teach them while they’re still in school to not just work towards a career but their passion. Towards their passion? Yes, for more information on driving our youth towards careers in their passion please click here.