Employability through enterprise
In South Africa unemployment is high and rising, and the distribution of income is highly skewed. In a population of over 50 million, 7.5 million people are jobless. South Africa’s economy creates too few jobs to keep up with its growing population, and many young people lack the skills, work-related capabilities and higher education qualifications required to land high-skill jobs. About half of all 18- to 25-year-olds are jobless, which fuels poverty and other social ills.
An influx of migrant workers from remote parts of South Africa, especially the Eastern Cape, to fragile towns on the Western Cape such as Overstrand puts pressure on already limited infrastructure, opportunities and resources. The geographical remoteness of these towns and surrounding communities and the lack of a public transport system make it difficult for youth to access skills training, further education or employment.
To support the growth of small businesses that create more job opportunities, young people need more help choosing which subjects to study, career guidance and training in the skills required to be an entrepreneur. The Grootbos Foundation’s Siyakhula Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship programme offers South Africans between the ages 14 to 20 an avenue to financial and economic freedom. It combines business-related skills development and career guidance with a sports programme to build self-confidence.
GOALS AND EXPECTED IMPACT
In this 18-month-long project, the Siyakhula Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship programme will offer 1 720 young people in Overstrand training in entrepreneurship, business development and employability, aptitude testing and guidance on study subjects and career planning. Furthermore, the programme will provide start-up support to 10 new businesses created by trainees.