A recent Statistics SA’s youth labour market report shows that youth unemployment has deteriorated between 2008 and the first quarter of 2015.
By some estimates, less than half the working-age population is employed, more young people have given up looking for work.
CapeTalk/702 presenter Redi Tlhabi spoke to Aalia Cassim, Senior Researcher, Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town to get some of the ideas to help alleviate youth unemployment.
Young people at schools are not taught to be entrepreneurs at all and they are not necessarily taught how to communicate, they are not taught how to put a CV together and how to get an email address. There’s a level of soft skills that are not taught at schools that are critical in becoming attractive for employers— Aalia Cassim - Senior Researcher, UCT
Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene had said that the education system was a major stumbling block because, without adequate education or qualifications, young people are not employable.
Problems that contribute to youth unemployment:
Youth characterised as having low skills sets – both hard and soft skills
No work experience
Poor quality of education
Qualification not relevant to labour market
High wage expectations
Youth being picky
Youth in rural areas are cut-off from employment opportunities: no networking opportunities for youth in rural areas
Limited internet access, limited job search chances
- Socio-economic factors
Here are some of the twitter responses to the topic:
@RediTlhabi we need to have youth policy. In the mining industry 4 example Mining Charter says nothing abt youth participation in employment— Mshishi 💛 (@Thipa_na) July 2, 2015
@RediTlhabi, university also teaches us to be successful CEO's, after varsity we all want to work for big companies.— Sue Grace. (@suencuben) July 2, 2015
Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show: