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.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has launched the Youth Enterprise Development Strategy (YEDS), which will see more young people play an active role in the economy.

Over 300 young people are benefitting from job opportunities created as a
result of a public-private partnership between the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan
Municipality and various companies.

Business should partner with government in devising an intervention
anchored on the pillars of the Youth Employment Accord, says Transport
Minister Dipuo Peters.

Minister Blade Nzimande will launch a trust fund aimed at empowering the youth of
Mhlontlo Municipality, who will in turn plough back their skills into their communities
and create an inclusive growth path.

Budding entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding
of entrepreneurship and personal leadership if they are chosen to participate in the
FIELD Entrepreneurial Development Programme.

The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, has unveiled a multimillion
rand youth skills development and entrepreneurship programme targeting 10 000
young people in the City of Tshwane.

Research shows that young people are three times more likely to be unemployed. The
African Economic Outlook 2012 report concurs that youth unemployment figures will
increase unless Africa moves swiftly to make youth employment a priority.

Designed to bridge the gap between high school and university, and to create a
pipeline of talented professionals, a new youth development programme has been
launched by BP.

Oganisations in both public and private sectors need to develop strategic pillars that
will contribute to economically empowering the youth if South Africa hopes to
overcome unemployment which is estimated to reach 15.1 million in 2021.

About 1 000 young people are expected to benefit from the Youth Jobs in Waste
Programme, which aims to address the backlog in solid waste service delivery in all
municipalities in the country.



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