South Africa: Youth in Job Programmes Are More Likely to Find Work, Study Finds


Young people who participate in youth employment programmes are 9% more likely to get jobs, according to the Siyakha Youth Assets Study.

The Siyakha Youth Assets Study found that even though employment programmes helped young people in getting jobs, 54% of those who had been involved in the programmes remained unemployed in South Africa's shrinking jobs market.

The study, released at the University of Johannesburg on 12 June 2019, found that only 27% of those who received training were able to find work and had a 9% advantage over those who had not gone through any employment programme.

The study, published by the Centre for Social Development in Africa, followed youth who went through the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Lovelife groundbreakers, Fit For Life Fit For Work, Thabiso Skills Institute, Raymond Ackerman Academy, National Youth Development Agency, YouthBuild Programme, Afrika Tikkun Training Services and EOH learnership programmes.

The study noted "higher self-esteem" and an increase in "odds of seeking work" among the youth who participated in the programmes.

According to Lauren Graham, a developmental sociologist, although some remained unemployed they demonstrated resilience through self-esteem and efficacy, in how often they searched for work and repetitive job applications.

Graham stressed that...

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