Skills, workplace programmes key to youth employment

Skills, workplace programmes key to youth employment

A study has found that youth employability programmes are effective in increasing the likelihood of employment among the youth.

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This comes amid growing calls for the government to address the high rate of unemployment.

According to a director at the Centre for Social Development in Africa, Lauren Graham, these programmes offer a combination of technical skills training and workplace readiness training.

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"What we find is that over time, we see an improvement in their employment chances and when we compare the sample that we tracked with a similar sample in the quarterly labour force survey data.” 

Graham adds: "What these programs often do is they almost stand in for the lack of social capital that many young people have when they're looking for work. So they play a very important inter-mediation service in that they bring young work seekers closer to employers."

Last year President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme as a means of creating work experience opportunities for young people who have been unable to find jobs.

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