Youth Development

Youth Development is essential to helping the youth of South Africa succeed in life. There are far more prospective workers than there are jobs available for them, and many youth are not able to afford to study further and become more specialised. This is where youth development programmes come in. Offering young people work readiness programmes, opportunities to advance their education and make a difference in their communities are just some of the ways that youth development can change South Africa for the better.

South Africa is experiencing an unprecedented crisis in youth unemployment. According to Statistics South Africa, 55% of 15 to 24 year olds are currently unemployed – a percentage that has been increasing steadily since 2008.

Columba Leadership and M4JAM have created a scalable business model that aims to drive employment, education, and sustainable community development. The partnership addresses two of the most urgent challenges facing young South Africans: education and employment.

Over 200 unemployed youth in the Eastern Cape’s Alfred Nzo District Municipality have been armed with construction skills.

South Africa’s youth who gathered in the North West province for this year's Youth Month celebrations on Friday have supported the call by President Jacob Zuma to place education at the forefront of their lives.

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It is no secret that South African youth are facing massive challenges in terms of their education, employment, and career growth. According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017 from 26.5% in the previous period.

Just five years ago the annual Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Youth Survey highlighted a society that was upbeat about the future and their career prospects.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has urged the private sector to employ young graduates.

While youth unemployment remains a challenge that faces South Africa and many parts of the world, young people are encouraged to consider volunteering their time to acquire more skills and help reshape the country.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has urged veteran social workers within the department to mentor new social worker recruits and play an active role in the communities they serve.

The Kayelethu Youth Centre instils a sense of pride in boys formerly living on the streets by helping them to aim high and achieve their goals.

Young people from the Western Cape will represent South Africa at a global skills competition.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged the youth of Mkhuhlu in Mpumalanga to go into careers that the South African economy needs.

Gauteng government partnerships will provide thousands of young people with training and job opportunities while empowering them with the relevant skills needed in the job market.

Imsimbi Training will commence its next intake for the two-month free job readiness programme to help young people become eligible for job roles.

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says with SABC set to have 16 television channels as a result of the digital migration process, young people will be encouraged to take up careers in the media space.

Imsimbi Training will commence its next intake for the two-month free job readiness programme to help young people become eligible for job roles.

South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged the youth of South Africa to act on the opportunities available to them, so that there is no regret or sorrow when they look back at their lives.

Imsimbi Training will commence its next intake for the two-month free job readiness programme to help young people become eligible for job roles.

The lives of thousands of young job seekers in Gauteng, who registered for job opportunities at the Kliptown Job Centre, have been turned around.

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, the integrated communications agency for the digital age, has opened the 2017 applications for o25, its annual talent pipeline programme.

There are many opportunities for South Africans to find work, especially for those willing to consider a move outside the country. And one company is looking to create up to 25 000 new jobs for those willing to travel.

As youth day approaches, we are once again reminded that the country’s economic future is heavily dependent on the employment fortunes of our youth.

In the spirit of youth month we look at some of the services and opportunities available to young people.

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