JOHHANESBURG : As South Africa wraps up Youth Month, in commemoration of the Soweto uprising 46 years ago (16 June), the reported official youth (15-34 years) unemployment rate, for the first quarter of 2022, remains at a staggering 65.5%.
The Youth in South Africa continue to be disadvantaged in the labour market, with an unemployment rate higher than the national average, yet at the same time, the country has a shortage of suitably qualified people.
Recognising the need for businesses to make an impact and provide more inclusive pipelines for the youth, Bolloré Logistics South Africa has, over the years, implemented a series of learnerships in technical fields that provide a 12-month period of guaranteed employment, along with a nationally recognised NFQ registered qualification.
The Learnership Programme, which has been in place for the last 7 years, has trained over 115 learners who are now licensed to trade in various fields.
“It’s time for businesses to invest in innovative ideas and approaches in order to upskill our youth for the future and prepare them for the work environment, in a coordinated and committed approach. These Learnership opportunities ensure the youth involved earn an income, whilst being upskilled through on the job training which leads to a qualification, making them more employable. By doing so, Bolloré Logistics continues to give back, creating opportunities for the youth and providing the much-needed experience for the broader job market. Young people are the building blocks of our economies, societies and democracies both today and in the future.”, said Shawé Steyn, Regional Human Resources Manager, Southern African Region.