Community Colleges Needed To Combat Unemployment Rate In SA

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Many young people in South Africa do not have adequate skills to enter the labour force and are not upskilling themselves due to several circumstances


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Many young people in South Africa do not have adequate skills to enter the labour force and are not upskilling themselves due to several circumstances

 

This catch-22 situation is described in South Africa as Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). 

 

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) explained, “Some young people have been discouraged with the labour market and they are also not building on their skills base through education and training – they are not in employment, education or training (NEET). The NEET rate serves as an important additional labour market indicator for young people”

 

According to the StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2021

 

  • The NEET rate of youth between the ages of 15-24 years old is 33,5% 
  • The NEET rate of youth between the ages of 15-34 years old is 46%

 

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande believes that the CET Colleges sector is well managed. 

 

What Does CET Stand For? 

 

CET stands Community Education and Training College

 

Nzimande explained the calls from various roleplayers led to the establishment of the CET colleges in 2015. 

 

He explained, “CET Colleges were established to target out-of-school youth and adults who require various forms of skilling, including upgrading of their education and basic qualifications, second chance learning, non-formal programmes and the provision of skills programmes to contribute to different forms of livelihoods.”

 

Nzimande added that, unlike the traditional adult education system, the expansive and transformative CET colleges not only improves one’s basic education, but provide a variety of skills that are much needed in communities. 

 

The minister added, “But a very wide range of evidence shows that effective vocational programmes are an important part of the answer. Providing practical training linked to the prospect of a job, smoothing the transition from school to work is the most fundamental and urgent preoccupation that we all must be seized with”.

 

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