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.

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.

A new youth group is being set up by The Presidency that will enable young people to
provide strategic advice to the executive on how to implement youth development
interventions in the country.

More than 12 000 young people have been incorporated into the National Rural Youth
Service Corps. The training programme is part of government's solution to job creation
and skills development.

Job creation has been recognised as the most obvious yet challenging solution to
current youth unemployment crisis. A new private-public partnership will be launched
in Benoni to assist small businesses with the hope of boost employment opportunities.

Improving the education and skill levels of young people with the aim of helping them
find employment and start their open businesses is the central aim of the new youth
employment accord.

The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation said that SA is committed to policies that strengthen the professionalism of youth work. These policies would look to ensure the youth were guided by skilled and competent individuals.

Learners from grades nine to 12 will receive the opportunity to gain insight into a wide
range of career options through the "My Future, My Career? project which provides
secondary school learners with career education screenings in cinema complexes.

The government is to host National Youth Camps across the country from this weekend to promote patriotism among the country?s youngsters and develop their leadership abilities. The youth camps would seek to achieve nation building, social cohesion and leadership.

In order for South Africa to grow and excel it is necessary to recognise and celebrate exceptional individuals who make a difference and lead the way in the world of work, for this reason the Rising Star Awards was created.



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