Sky-rocketing unemployment rates amongst Millennials has become a shared
reality world-wide. As a result governments around the world are implementing a
range of interventions to boost job creation and avoid having a lost generation.
In South Africa one of the interventions adopted by business and government is
enabling new graduates to gain practical work experience through internship
However, both the private and public sectors are identifying major learning gaps in
new recruits in terms of life skills.
According to Jacinta Tshidzumba, Director at the Alusani Skills and Training
Network®, a lack of business etiquette, meeting protocols, poor business writing and
under-developed communication skills are some of the problems employers are
encountering in the workplace.
"Tertiary education institutions focus primarily on the academic theory aspects
of learning and tend to overlook the more practical interpersonal and communication
skills needed to thrive in the working world.'
This is where the Alusani Skills and Training Network® steps in to bridge the gap and
empower both the individual and the business.
Alusani® offers hands-on training through its short courses in communication, life
skills, business writing and more. These courses are aimed at both corporates and
governmental agencies who want to up-skill their staff complement and are often
scheduled as key modules during graduate induction programmes.
Another intervention that is gaining considerable support is entrepreneurial
In September 2014 Ernst and Young launched a report that identified youth
unemployment issues and focused on how to provide support for young
"Recent EY studies show that entrepreneur-led businesses will create more jobs
than large corporates over the coming year - with 76% of entrepreneurs saying
they?ll expand their workforces in 2014 compared to 31% of senior executives at
Tshidzumba says that while entrepreneurs have the potential to move the
country forward, the lack of practical entrepreneurial skills is another barrier to
Understanding the fundamentals of business, pinpointing an actual viable business
opportunity, securing funding (including government funding), determining your
break-even point, and knowing how to register a business are some of the basic skills
and knowledge lacking in potential business owners. Entrepreneurs also need
business mentors who have walked the path and can warn of unseen pitfalls, says
It is clear to see that at the root of progression lies a focus on skills development
and uplifting people through training. Government is also incorporating
entrepreneurship and innovation as key modules in its support programmes for
As part of their B-BBEE activities corporates are getting involved in Social
Economic Development programmes and community engagement. Training modules
are focused on fostering entrepreneurial skills and these are proving to be a key
success factor in supporting small enterprises.