The mismatch between what employers require and what young people have to offer is contributing to the problem of youth unemployment.
Unemployment is one of the key challenges facing South Africa, and particularly South African youth. A recently released report from Stats SA, entitled The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 – 2014 presents a bleak picture of employment amongst the youth, with young people between 15 and 34 making up the bulk of the unemployed.
Speaking at the Trialogue CSI Conference 2016, on a panel around skills development and employability, Makano Morojele of the National Business Initiative said: “Youth unemployment is deepening. The plight of rural youth is terrible, they bear the brunt of youth unemployment. Entrepreneurship is held up as a possible solution, but there’s been a sharp decline amongst female entrepreneurs. How we respond to this dire situation is absolutely crucial.”