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  • #7341

    sylvia hammond
    Keymaster

    We all know that there are millions of unemployed youth in South Africa.  But SA is not unique.  A recent global review identifies that youth unemployment is far higher than the overall population unemployment in many countries.

    This is a global problem., but that doesn’t mean that we should relax.  We still need to solve our unemployment problem. 

    What can skills-universe members contribute to solving our youth unemployment problem?

    In your experience – as human resource practitioners, business owners, and training service providers – how would you advise youth? 

    What do they need to do – or do differently – to increase their chances of employment?     

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  • #7385

    Des Squire
    Participant

    The Skills shortage and unemployment rate in South Africa is of great concern to many including the government. However if government wants to boost the economy, it needs to focus on the standard of education and job creation. This is a massive undertaking that will take years to achieve. 

    So where does this leave our lyout and our school leavers? Still unemployed unfortunately.  

    There are several things young people could do to improve their prospects of getting employed and furthering their education. 

    Internship 

    An internship is a work arrangement where an inexperienced but educated and usually qualified person joins a company to be mentored and trained by other staff members. The objective would be to learn as much about the specific industry as possible and to learn about specific jobs and opportunities within the specific industry.

    Some internships offer a monthly income or subsistence allowance while you are being mentored and trained – This is at the discretion of the company. So if you are offered such an opportunity and decide to accept the position then don’t complain later about the stipend or allowance paid. 

    If the person undergoing the internship shows enthusiasm, behaves in a business manner, and indicates they have potential they could be offered permanent employment. The most important thing is that you would have gained invaluable exposure and invaluable exposure to the industry.

    Apprenticeship 

    An apprenticeship is similar to an internship in that it offers on-the-job training and work experience. Apprenticeships were very common 15 or so years ago and were phased out after independence.

    Apprenticeships are once again becoming popular and are appropriate for specific trades such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and so on. They offer practical, hands-on exposure to such specific trades.

    Many apprentices eventually become full time employees of the company where they trained or go on to start their own business. There are various programs in place to encourage apprenticeships in various skills which are seen to be critical and scarce in terms of the government initiatives. These apprenticeships are offered by many of the SETAS and are aimed at people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Learn new skills

    While still studying or if a young person has no job yet they should try to get involved in a new hobby or skill in order to become more marketable. This also has a big advantage as it shows initiative and willingness to assist themselves. Employers and personnel practitioners will be impressed by the initiative shown.

    They should find out what some of the skills they should have in order to be effective in the business world and if they can they should take on some part time studies.

    Our youth must now realise they need to take responsibility for their personal development and not sit back and wait for others to do something for them. We are only entitled to get out in accordance with what we put in.

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  • #43279

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    To all unemployed Youth in South Africa you mustn’t look yourself down but walk tall. Make sure you keep yourself busy with your qualifications by getting involve in community projects like volunteering to those that are still at school and mix yourself with business owners by engaging more into entrepreneurship like business seminars and feed yourself with knowledge of what is happening around in the world of entrepreneur opportunities.

    No matter what people are saying about you been educated and not having a job just remember that is not your fault but the system. Find the right people to be associated with. Network, Network, Network….

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  • #44319

    Skills Universe
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    To all unemployed Youth in South Africa you mustn’t look yourself down but walk tall. Make sure you keep yourself busy with your qualifications by getting involve in community projects like volunteering to those that are still at school and mix yourself with business owners by engaging more into entrepreneurship like business seminars and feed yourself with knowledge of what is happening around in the world of entrepreneur opportunities.

    No matter what people are saying about you been educated and not having a job just remember that is not your fault but the system. Find the right people to be associated with. Network, Network, Network….

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  • #19568

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    To all unemployed Youth in South Africa you mustn’t look yourself down but walk tall. Make sure you keep yourself busy with your qualifications by getting involve in community projects like volunteering to those that are still at school and mix yourself with business owners by engaging more into entrepreneurship like business seminars and feed yourself with knowledge of what is happening around in the world of entrepreneur opportunities.

    No matter what people are saying about you been educated and not having a job just remember that is not your fault but the system. Find the right people to be associated with. Network, Network, Network….

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  • #7384

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    To all unemployed Youth in South Africa you mustn’t look yourself down but walk tall. Make sure you keep yourself busy with your qualifications by getting involve in community projects like volunteering to those that are still at school and mix yourself with business owners by engaging more into entrepreneurship like business seminars and feed yourself with knowledge of what is happening around in the world of entrepreneur opportunities.

    No matter what people are saying about you been educated and not having a job just remember that is not your fault but the system. Find the right people to be associated with. Network, Network, Network….

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  • #38129

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    To all unemployed Youth in South Africa you mustn’t look yourself down but walk tall. Make sure you keep yourself busy with your qualifications by getting involve in community projects like volunteering to those that are still at school and mix yourself with business owners by engaging more into entrepreneurship like business seminars and feed yourself with knowledge of what is happening around in the world of entrepreneur opportunities.

    No matter what people are saying about you been educated and not having a job just remember that is not your fault but the system. Find the right people to be associated with. Network, Network, Network….

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  • #7383

    Bring Career Guidance back to schools.

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  • #7382

    The Youth should be trained how to be social students, if there could be a way to link their school/college activities with community development practical activities. Youth can be thought how to sell stuff, develop innovative ideas and Government  should partner with local Entrepreneurs and subsidize them with funds to design business incubators for those young brilliant minds who have a potential to create self employment.

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  • #7381

    Networking, Networking. Talk to everybody in your circles that you are looking for a job. Network with what you are good at, your skills and knowledge. Add some training and internships if possible. Volunteer – this always looks good on your Cv. Have a professional and personal CV and Cover letter. Looking for a job is full time job.

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  • #7380

    Participating on community project or being self employment to reduce youth employment

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  • #7379

    Unemployed youth should empower themselves by networking, interacting with people that can innovate and build them. In addition I think they should start small businesses, such as car washes to raise funds for pocket money. It might seem like a waste of time at the time but life is all about give and take…the busier one is the more chances of opportunities coming.

    My advise is youth must not let unemployment become a disease or let it take over their mind…they must strive to be bigger than the unemployment.

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  • #43278

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Read Nick Clegg’s speech during the 5th National Apprenticeship Week in the UK…the Deputy Prime Minister is making Apprenticeships something everyone will want to have…and he has some of the biggest industries signing up to takin on apprentices.

    Click on the link below to find out how apprenticeships are taking off in the UK…some of the biggest companies are signing apprentices up.  It’s a great time to be a training provider, lots of competition now as training provision is open to most enterprises who can show they can get young people into apprenticeships and keep them in employment and complete the programme.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

     

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  • #44318

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Read Nick Clegg’s speech during the 5th National Apprenticeship Week in the UK…the Deputy Prime Minister is making Apprenticeships something everyone will want to have…and he has some of the biggest industries signing up to takin on apprentices.

    Click on the link below to find out how apprenticeships are taking off in the UK…some of the biggest companies are signing apprentices up.  It’s a great time to be a training provider, lots of competition now as training provision is open to most enterprises who can show they can get young people into apprenticeships and keep them in employment and complete the programme.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

     

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  • #19567

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Read Nick Clegg’s speech during the 5th National Apprenticeship Week in the UK…the Deputy Prime Minister is making Apprenticeships something everyone will want to have…and he has some of the biggest industries signing up to takin on apprentices.

    Click on the link below to find out how apprenticeships are taking off in the UK…some of the biggest companies are signing apprentices up.  It’s a great time to be a training provider, lots of competition now as training provision is open to most enterprises who can show they can get young people into apprenticeships and keep them in employment and complete the programme.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

     

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  • #7378

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Read Nick Clegg’s speech during the 5th National Apprenticeship Week in the UK…the Deputy Prime Minister is making Apprenticeships something everyone will want to have…and he has some of the biggest industries signing up to takin on apprentices.

    Click on the link below to find out how apprenticeships are taking off in the UK…some of the biggest companies are signing apprentices up.  It’s a great time to be a training provider, lots of competition now as training provision is open to most enterprises who can show they can get young people into apprenticeships and keep them in employment and complete the programme.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

     

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  • #38128

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Read Nick Clegg’s speech during the 5th National Apprenticeship Week in the UK…the Deputy Prime Minister is making Apprenticeships something everyone will want to have…and he has some of the biggest industries signing up to takin on apprentices.

    Click on the link below to find out how apprenticeships are taking off in the UK…some of the biggest companies are signing apprentices up.  It’s a great time to be a training provider, lots of competition now as training provision is open to most enterprises who can show they can get young people into apprenticeships and keep them in employment and complete the programme.

    http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

     

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  • #7377

    Norman Ntai
    Member

    Hi Madam Sylvia,

    Compliments for the season!

    Your conversation on ‘how to advise unemployed youth in SA’ is a progressive thought provoking question which has been preoccupying so-called SETA’s for many years with no tangible breakthrough.This question will never be answered unless we are ‘real’,practical of the question of crushing the system of capitalism-a system which ‘progress against the brutal or harsh realities of determining how many workers should be employed and how much they should earn.The neo-liberal system of prioritizing more and more profits at the expense of squeezing labourers to sweat for nothing is a problem……

    The private sector has the capacity to create millions of quality jobs,if not trillions[a worker has not even counted wages up to that level]….The right to work,the right to decent working conditions is a pipe-dream unless companies must practically or ideologically buy-in in humanizing mankind through job creation…..

    The Greece marches against job cuts must descend in South Africa for demanding job creation….

    Career guidance and/or SETA’s are some of the vehicles or platforms to be utilized to motivate youth,perhaps,to take alternative career pathing because many studied food service on the basis that some wanted,for example to study at UJ or WITS by hook or crook…and many realize that it meant that they must seek work at restuarants-worst employers or abusers of labour rights.

    Me think,the current FET’s must unlock solutions to skilling the youth for self-employing jobs which many South Africans despies,such as carpentry,painters,boilers,mechanic etc….every youth want to drive a ferrari on first salary and it is not ayoba.Many working or doing white collar jobs ended in jail for fraud,dribbling systems…pitied!

    The debate is genuine Madam Sylvia………

    By: Mampane Norman

    Former POPCRU National Spokesperson

     

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  • #7376

    Wilma de Villiers
    Participant

    As master’s students we had a discussion around what makes one more employable?  It is clear that a certificate (degree or diploma) does not ensure you to get a job.  You need more than that.  But what is the more?  Skills?  If the answer is skills, one needs to define skills.  Then another question, how you are going to assess skills?

    Another challenge is that many workplaces, if not most, expect one to have previous experience.  In a way this is unfair, because you need employment to be able to get experience.  I always advise my students to try and get a job as quickly as possible, even if the salary is not ‘good’.  This is how you will start building up experience. 

    As a part of the training that we offer we include many hours of in-service training which can be seen as experience.  Our students do in-service training at different ECD sites and by doing this, these sites have approached them to apply for a vacancy at the site.

    Volunteer in your free time (not always possible with all types of employment), because the workplace staff will get to know you and see what you are capable of doing.

    When you apply for a job, you must think of what will make your application stand out amongst other people’s.

    Sylvia, you asked for advise, but I came up with more questions!

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  • #7375

    Wilma de Villiers
    Participant

    Norman, I totally agree with what you’ve said.  The youth often wants to start with salaries that we are only receiving after many years of experience and studying.

    There are institutions, FET colleges, etc. that can attempt to motivate our youth, but motivation comes from within.  As one of the other members said, the youth must start taking responsibility and stop blaming other parties for not being able to find a job.

    Norman Ntai said:

    Hi Madam Sylvia,

    Compliments for the season!

    Your conversation on ‘how to advise unemployed youth in SA’ is a progressive thought provoking question which has been preoccupying so-called SETA’s for many years with no tangible breakthrough.This question will never be answered unless we are ‘real’,practical of the question of crushing the system of capitalism-a system which ‘progress against the brutal or harsh realities of determining how many workers should be employed and how much they should earn.The neo-liberal system of prioritizing more and more profits at the expense of squeezing labourers to sweat for nothing is a problem……

    The private sector has the capacity to create millions of quality jobs,if not trillions[a worker has not even counted wages up to that level]….The right to work,the right to decent working conditions is a pipe-dream unless companies must practically or ideologically buy-in in humanizing mankind through job creation…..

    The Greece marches against job cuts must descend in South Africa for demanding job creation….

    Career guidance and/or SETA’s are some of the vehicles or platforms to be utilized to motivate youth,perhaps,to take alternative career pathing because many studied food service on the basis that some wanted,for example to study at UJ or WITS by hook or crook…and many realize that it meant that they must seek work at restuarants-worst employers or abusers of labour rights.

    Me think,the current FET’s must unlock solutions to skilling the youth for self-employing jobs which many South Africans despies,such as carpentry,painters,boilers,mechanic etc….every youth want to drive a ferrari on first salary and it is not ayoba.Many working or doing white collar jobs ended in jail for fraud,dribbling systems…pitied!

    The debate is genuine Madam Sylvia………

    By: Mampane Norman

    Former POPCRU National Spokesperson

     

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  • #7374

    Tweet away Shaun. Thanks. It’s really true though.
     
    Shaun Lindbergh said:

    My advise is youth must not let unemployment become a disease or let it take over their mind…they must strive to be bigger than the unemployment.

    Very well said, Palesa! That is worth tweeting 🙂 Check @MagicLifestyle

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  • #7373

    Dear South African Youth

    I would like to advice you to change your mind set as from now on.

    ” Do not think of getting the job, but think of creating jobs for your community” Make use of different SETA’s.  Check their Scares Skills. It  has no use to concetrate on white Collar jobs. There are Skills intitutes  that can empower you with Skills like POP-UP. they have different skills.

    I work at Hofmeyr Sec School as Lay Gidane Cousellor. Most of the students I met they just want to see themselves in the office behind the computer

    Look at the people from outside Pretoria, They survive because of Stils. The future is in your hands.

    Yes You Can!

    That’s

    Grace Makhudu

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  • #43277

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Yep, I agree with Wilma’s comment.  Inset days are still common, moreso in the educational environment than vocational and it usually comes down to a couple of days before term  begins for teachers to get their schemes, lesson plans, etc. in order before school starts…

     

    I can see inset working well in vocational training.  Most occupationally competent trainers have the wherewithal to provide underpinning knowledge to the candidate-apprentice before being placed with an employer with regular reviews with employers so show support for their endeavours and support to the candidate in the workplace setting.  I have just begun providing an initial knowledge-based qualification who can then use it as currency to progress onto the next apprenticeship programme, fully funded, fully supported.  Even if they decide not to go down a particular employment route, they have a qualification to walk away with, which has an equivalent credit value which can be used on other credit-related courses.

     

    If the UK government can see the sense in providing work for young people through funding apprenticeship programmes and they don’t have nearly as many out of work as in South Africa, just think of the gains and profits which could be made in the industries in South Africa, if they took on one young person who wanted to work every six month or a year, provide a system of on-the-job training alongside occupationally competent trainer/assessor/educators who could deliver rolling apprenticeship programmes year on year, South Africa would be the envy of the developed world (or at least give some a run for their money)…I wouldn’t mind being a part of that..

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  • #44317

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Yep, I agree with Wilma’s comment.  Inset days are still common, moreso in the educational environment than vocational and it usually comes down to a couple of days before term  begins for teachers to get their schemes, lesson plans, etc. in order before school starts…

     

    I can see inset working well in vocational training.  Most occupationally competent trainers have the wherewithal to provide underpinning knowledge to the candidate-apprentice before being placed with an employer with regular reviews with employers so show support for their endeavours and support to the candidate in the workplace setting.  I have just begun providing an initial knowledge-based qualification who can then use it as currency to progress onto the next apprenticeship programme, fully funded, fully supported.  Even if they decide not to go down a particular employment route, they have a qualification to walk away with, which has an equivalent credit value which can be used on other credit-related courses.

     

    If the UK government can see the sense in providing work for young people through funding apprenticeship programmes and they don’t have nearly as many out of work as in South Africa, just think of the gains and profits which could be made in the industries in South Africa, if they took on one young person who wanted to work every six month or a year, provide a system of on-the-job training alongside occupationally competent trainer/assessor/educators who could deliver rolling apprenticeship programmes year on year, South Africa would be the envy of the developed world (or at least give some a run for their money)…I wouldn’t mind being a part of that..

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  • #19566

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Yep, I agree with Wilma’s comment.  Inset days are still common, moreso in the educational environment than vocational and it usually comes down to a couple of days before term  begins for teachers to get their schemes, lesson plans, etc. in order before school starts…

     

    I can see inset working well in vocational training.  Most occupationally competent trainers have the wherewithal to provide underpinning knowledge to the candidate-apprentice before being placed with an employer with regular reviews with employers so show support for their endeavours and support to the candidate in the workplace setting.  I have just begun providing an initial knowledge-based qualification who can then use it as currency to progress onto the next apprenticeship programme, fully funded, fully supported.  Even if they decide not to go down a particular employment route, they have a qualification to walk away with, which has an equivalent credit value which can be used on other credit-related courses.

     

    If the UK government can see the sense in providing work for young people through funding apprenticeship programmes and they don’t have nearly as many out of work as in South Africa, just think of the gains and profits which could be made in the industries in South Africa, if they took on one young person who wanted to work every six month or a year, provide a system of on-the-job training alongside occupationally competent trainer/assessor/educators who could deliver rolling apprenticeship programmes year on year, South Africa would be the envy of the developed world (or at least give some a run for their money)…I wouldn’t mind being a part of that..

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  • #7372

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Yep, I agree with Wilma’s comment.  Inset days are still common, moreso in the educational environment than vocational and it usually comes down to a couple of days before term  begins for teachers to get their schemes, lesson plans, etc. in order before school starts…

     

    I can see inset working well in vocational training.  Most occupationally competent trainers have the wherewithal to provide underpinning knowledge to the candidate-apprentice before being placed with an employer with regular reviews with employers so show support for their endeavours and support to the candidate in the workplace setting.  I have just begun providing an initial knowledge-based qualification who can then use it as currency to progress onto the next apprenticeship programme, fully funded, fully supported.  Even if they decide not to go down a particular employment route, they have a qualification to walk away with, which has an equivalent credit value which can be used on other credit-related courses.

     

    If the UK government can see the sense in providing work for young people through funding apprenticeship programmes and they don’t have nearly as many out of work as in South Africa, just think of the gains and profits which could be made in the industries in South Africa, if they took on one young person who wanted to work every six month or a year, provide a system of on-the-job training alongside occupationally competent trainer/assessor/educators who could deliver rolling apprenticeship programmes year on year, South Africa would be the envy of the developed world (or at least give some a run for their money)…I wouldn’t mind being a part of that..

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Yep, I agree with Wilma’s comment.  Inset days are still common, moreso in the educational environment than vocational and it usually comes down to a couple of days before term  begins for teachers to get their schemes, lesson plans, etc. in order before school starts…

     

    I can see inset working well in vocational training.  Most occupationally competent trainers have the wherewithal to provide underpinning knowledge to the candidate-apprentice before being placed with an employer with regular reviews with employers so show support for their endeavours and support to the candidate in the workplace setting.  I have just begun providing an initial knowledge-based qualification who can then use it as currency to progress onto the next apprenticeship programme, fully funded, fully supported.  Even if they decide not to go down a particular employment route, they have a qualification to walk away with, which has an equivalent credit value which can be used on other credit-related courses.

     

    If the UK government can see the sense in providing work for young people through funding apprenticeship programmes and they don’t have nearly as many out of work as in South Africa, just think of the gains and profits which could be made in the industries in South Africa, if they took on one young person who wanted to work every six month or a year, provide a system of on-the-job training alongside occupationally competent trainer/assessor/educators who could deliver rolling apprenticeship programmes year on year, South Africa would be the envy of the developed world (or at least give some a run for their money)…I wouldn’t mind being a part of that..

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  • #7371

    Des Squire
    Participant

    Hi Norman

    Nice to hear from you again. I know you are no longer involved with Popcru but would still like to pose the question – If the unions were to stop lobbying and striking for higher minimum wages (at the level they want) could business not in fact create more jobs and upskill thoousands more?

    I am not for one minute advocating slave labour but I am advocatin an initial living or subsistence wage while undergoing in – service training. An income of some sort is better than no income at all. Employment of some sort is better than no employment.

    I would also suggest that if all workers were to plough back say 2% of income to assist in job creation we could create many more jobs. If all employees agreed not to strike and to increase productivity for the next year we could create more jobs. This I feel, is what unions should be advocating if they want to assist.  

    Finally. if CEO’s gave up their bonuses for one year we could employ millions more. Is there any one CEO who might even consider this????    

    Norman Ntai said:

    Hi Madam Sylvia,

    Compliments for the season!

    Your conversation on ‘how to advise unemployed youth in SA’ is a progressive thought provoking question which has been preoccupying so-called SETA’s for many years with no tangible breakthrough.This question will never be answered unless we are ‘real’,practical of the question of crushing the system of capitalism-a system which ‘progress against the brutal or harsh realities of determining how many workers should be employed and how much they should earn.The neo-liberal system of prioritizing more and more profits at the expense of squeezing labourers to sweat for nothing is a problem……

    The private sector has the capacity to create millions of quality jobs,if not trillions[a worker has not even counted wages up to that level]….The right to work,the right to decent working conditions is a pipe-dream unless companies must practically or ideologically buy-in in humanizing mankind through job creation…..

    The Greece marches against job cuts must descend in South Africa for demanding job creation….

    Career guidance and/or SETA’s are some of the vehicles or platforms to be utilized to motivate youth,perhaps,to take alternative career pathing because many studied food service on the basis that some wanted,for example to study at UJ or WITS by hook or crook…and many realize that it meant that they must seek work at restuarants-worst employers or abusers of labour rights.

    Me think,the current FET’s must unlock solutions to skilling the youth for self-employing jobs which many South Africans despies,such as carpentry,painters,boilers,mechanic etc….every youth want to drive a ferrari on first salary and it is not ayoba.Many working or doing white collar jobs ended in jail for fraud,dribbling systems…pitied!

    The debate is genuine Madam Sylvia………

    By: Mampane Norman

    Former POPCRU National Spokesperson

     

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  • #7370

    len stevens
    Member

    Hello Sylvia! … I have to risk sounding churlish, but I really must say — our Unemployed Youth don’t need “Advice”!! — they need HELP! — PRACTICAL HELP!!

    And i’m the kind of guy that CAN provide that sort of help … but when I offer my plans and practical assistance, to every level of Govt, and even the private sector — I keep getting “pushed in the face” … by people who don’t have any workable plans of their own — And I have come to believe that they obviously “don’t like” what I offer, because it’s Not THEIR Idea!!

    Now Sylvia … if this note sounds angry and aggressive, it’s simply because — Yes! — I AM Angry and Aggressive!!

    So much so, that I want to CHALLENGE your readers to ask me to email them the initiatives I’ve tried to launch, to create employment, and tackle poverty — and then to come back to me, and offer their PRACTICAL SUPPORT to make these initiatives work!!  Get me on lenstevens@telkomsa.net 

    I’m FED UP with being a “lone voice crying in the wilderness”. Yes, being a “visionary” is often the loneliest place to be, and I can equate with the frustrations that Bell, Marconi, the Wright Brothers – etc/ etc – most assuredly went through, from the “Yes, But …” brigade — who of course, “knew better”, what works and what can’t!! 

    There, Sylvia — I’ve said my piece. Let’s see what happens now …..

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  • #7369

    sylvia hammond
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, Thanks for the input.  As you know we are trying to encourage all voices to contribute so I hope that some members will take you up.  Alternatively, maybe you could give us a small taste of what you propose on the site.

    len stevens said:

    Hello Sylvia! … I have to risk sounding churlish, but I really must say — our Unemployed Youth don’t need “Advice”!! — they need HELP! — PRACTICAL HELP!!

    And i’m the kind of guy that CAN provide that sort of help … but when I offer my plans and practical assistance, to every level of Govt, and even the private sector — I keep getting “pushed in the face” … by people who don’t have any workable plans of their own — And I have come to believe that they obviously “don’t like” what I offer, because it’s Not THEIR Idea!!

    Now Sylvia … if this note sounds angry and aggressive, it’s simply because — Yes! — I AM Angry and Aggressive!!

    So much so, that I want to CHALLENGE your readers to ask me to email them the initiatives I’ve tried to launch, to create employment, and tackle poverty — and then to come back to me, and offer their PRACTICAL SUPPORT to make these initiatives work!!  Get me on lenstevens@telkomsa.net 

    I’m FED UP with being a “lone voice crying in the wilderness”. Yes, being a “visionary” is often the loneliest place to be, and I can equate with the frustrations that Bell, Marconi, the Wright Brothers – etc/ etc – most assuredly went through, from the “Yes, But …” brigade — who of course, “knew better”, what works and what can’t!! 

    There, Sylvia — I’ve said my piece. Let’s see what happens now …..

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  • #7368

    I aggree with Sylvia, perhaps it would be great to experiment some really potential innitiatives if resources are made available to those who are willing to make a change and create jobs. please Len share with us just one of your sample of your plan/s.

    “Sylvia said:

    Thanks for the input.  As you know we are trying to encourage all voices to contribute so I hope that some members will take you up.  Alternatively, maybe you could give us a small taste of what you propose on the site.”

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    Hi Des

    When dealing with unemployed youth – you need to be very specific of HOW whaa you have proposed can be done and accessed, and where.

    Des Squire said:

    The Skills shortage and unemployment rate in South Africa is of great concern to many including the government. However if government wants to boost the economy, it needs to focus on the standard of education and job creation. This is a massive undertaking that will take years to achieve. 

    So where does this leave our lyout and our school leavers? Still unemployed unfortunately.  

    There are several things young people could do to improve their prospects of getting employed and furthering their education. 

    Internship 

    An internship is a work arrangement where an inexperienced but educated and usually qualified person joins a company to be mentored and trained by other staff members. The objective would be to learn as much about the specific industry as possible and to learn about specific jobs and opportunities within the specific industry.

    Some internships offer a monthly income or subsistence allowance while you are being mentored and trained – This is at the discretion of the company. So if you are offered such an opportunity and decide to accept the position then don’t complain later about the stipend or allowance paid. 

    If the person undergoing the internship shows enthusiasm, behaves in a business manner, and indicates they have potential they could be offered permanent employment. The most important thing is that you would have gained invaluable exposure and invaluable exposure to the industry.

    Apprenticeship 

    An apprenticeship is similar to an internship in that it offers on-the-job training and work experience. Apprenticeships were very common 15 or so years ago and were phased out after independence.

    Apprenticeships are once again becoming popular and are appropriate for specific trades such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and so on. They offer practical, hands-on exposure to such specific trades.

    Many apprentices eventually become full time employees of the company where they trained or go on to start their own business. There are various programs in place to encourage apprenticeships in various skills which are seen to be critical and scarce in terms of the government initiatives. These apprenticeships are offered by many of the SETAS and are aimed at people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Learn new skills

    While still studying or if a young person has no job yet they should try to get involved in a new hobby or skill in order to become more marketable. This also has a big advantage as it shows initiative and willingness to assist themselves. Employers and personnel practitioners will be impressed by the initiative shown.

    They should find out what some of the skills they should have in order to be effective in the business world and if they can they should take on some part time studies.

    Our youth must now realise they need to take responsibility for their personal development and not sit back and wait for others to do something for them. We are only entitled to get out in accordance with what we put in.

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  • #7366

    len stevens
    Member

    Thanks Sylvia, for the invitation.

    Here’s my LATEST initiative, my having sent it, over the last 2 years — in turn — to President Zuma, Minister van Schalkwyk, and Premier Zille … and in ALL cases, been “fobbed-off”. According to their offices, they are “too busy” to see me, for my requested half-hour appointment, at which I want to HAND OVER this work I’ve done, for the sake of my country! 

    I have very recently, sent this SAME letter, to Deputy President Motlanthe — and it will be interesting to see what — if anything? — comes of it, this time!!

    Here’s the Text of all 4 letters …

    “RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT – Located on State-Owned Property – there exists AN ENDLESS SOURCE OF “CLEAN, GREEN” POWER available day and night every day of every year which can easily BE HARNESSED to provide all of South Africa’s ELECTRICITY NEEDS, for the next thousand years at least! and at relatively little cost.

    Let me tell you what it is Not

    It Is Not Solar / Wind / Wave / Tide / Geo-Thermal / Land-Fill Gas / Animal Waste / Agricultural-Derivatives nor any other “Common Source” of Renewable-Energy but its Existence is a SCIENTIFIC, PROVEN FACT!!

    Apart From this Power’s ability to drive our entire country’s Commercial and Industrial  “wheels” with ease the enormous abundance of the Electrical Energy which can be generated, at little cost, will enable us to convert vast quantities of Seawater into any amount of Fresh, Potable Water we desire

    sufficient to make up the existing, dangerous, shortfall in our country’s Natural Water Supply and more than enough left over, to gush from every household tap and “make the very deserts bloom” – should we so decide!

    The “Secret” to harnessing this Power, lies in the “Gathering Together” of a number of existing, but very different Technologies and Methodologies all of them currently doing their jobs admirably, but presently “isolated”, one from the other and then “combining them” into a cohesive, functioning whole, as “The Prime–Mover” – to Capture and Control this “UNUSED” Natural Power.

    My Four Years of Research have lead to my identifying all the elements for launching this project – perhaps as a “Government / Private Sector Initiative”? – and I have a Schedule of how the Complete Exercise will be the Source of literally Millions of Jobs – the incomes from which will spell the end to Poverty

    I Seek a 30-minute Appointment with your good self, at which I will hand over to you my research documents, and reveal all you need to know of this Power and its harnessing enabling you to initiate – “from the top down” – the Immediate Commencement of Work  on this Vital Project.

    As the work accelerates, it is inevitable that – A Brand New City – (AZANIA?) – Will Rise Up “on site” it having been built by the “currently unemployed” of our land – to accommodate the huge number of Supportive Industries, and Disciplines and Ancillary Jobs which will spring up, to Sustain the Project

    I hope to hear from you, please, that such a meeting can soon be arranged.

    Sincerely, Len Stevens”                                                                                                                      

    021-689-5430 082-738-1246  lenstevens@telkomsa.net

     

    Ayanda Zazini said:

    I aggree with Sylvia, perhaps it would be great to experiment some really potential innitiatives if resources are made available to those who are willing to make a change and create jobs. please Len share with us just one of your sample of your plan/s.

    “Sylvia said:

    Thanks for the input.  As you know we are trying to encourage all voices to contribute so I hope that some members will take you up.  Alternatively, maybe you could give us a small taste of what you propose on the site.”

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  • #7365

    Des Squire
    Participant

    I agree with you 100% but that was not my intention in responding to this question and debate.Remember the question posed was – What do they need to do – or do differently – to increase their chances of employment? That was what I was responding to.  

    Have a look at some of my previous forum discussions and you will gain a better insight into what I am about.  

    Kagisho Malatji said:

    Hi Des

    When dealing with unemployed youth – you need to be very specific of HOW whaa you have proposed can be done and accessed, and where.

    Des Squire said:

    The Skills shortage and unemployment rate in South Africa is of great concern to many including the government. However if government wants to boost the economy, it needs to focus on the standard of education and job creation. This is a massive undertaking that will take years to achieve. 

    So where does this leave our lyout and our school leavers? Still unemployed unfortunately.  

    There are several things young people could do to improve their prospects of getting employed and furthering their education. 

    Internship 

    An internship is a work arrangement where an inexperienced but educated and usually qualified person joins a company to be mentored and trained by other staff members. The objective would be to learn as much about the specific industry as possible and to learn about specific jobs and opportunities within the specific industry.

    Some internships offer a monthly income or subsistence allowance while you are being mentored and trained – This is at the discretion of the company. So if you are offered such an opportunity and decide to accept the position then don’t complain later about the stipend or allowance paid. 

    If the person undergoing the internship shows enthusiasm, behaves in a business manner, and indicates they have potential they could be offered permanent employment. The most important thing is that you would have gained invaluable exposure and invaluable exposure to the industry.

    Apprenticeship 

    An apprenticeship is similar to an internship in that it offers on-the-job training and work experience. Apprenticeships were very common 15 or so years ago and were phased out after independence.

    Apprenticeships are once again becoming popular and are appropriate for specific trades such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and so on. They offer practical, hands-on exposure to such specific trades.

    Many apprentices eventually become full time employees of the company where they trained or go on to start their own business. There are various programs in place to encourage apprenticeships in various skills which are seen to be critical and scarce in terms of the government initiatives. These apprenticeships are offered by many of the SETAS and are aimed at people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Learn new skills

    While still studying or if a young person has no job yet they should try to get involved in a new hobby or skill in order to become more marketable. This also has a big advantage as it shows initiative and willingness to assist themselves. Employers and personnel practitioners will be impressed by the initiative shown.

    They should find out what some of the skills they should have in order to be effective in the business world and if they can they should take on some part time studies.

    Our youth must now realise they need to take responsibility for their personal development and not sit back and wait for others to do something for them. We are only entitled to get out in accordance with what we put in.

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  • #43276

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    It looks like we are now going to politics root instate of all coming together and see if we have the idea to solve this issue IF IT’S AN ISSUE. If we are going to be angry this is not going to help. South African, Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers it is time we do something about this as well as the Ageism issue whatever you call it. Let us rise this to the right people who are responsible even though I always say “we are old enough to take our responsibilities” to all youth and adults as long as you are over 18 years of age. 

    I myself am sitting hear with my nephew who is now 25 and since he left Matric 2007 after he failed and they offer him to re-write of which I took him to Centurion School in Johannesburg but to my surprise he never bothered to re-write his 3 subjects. How did we find out was a long story. When I ask him in 2009 what is going on with the certificate he told us again another story. I called the department and went there to collect results which I have to pay. When we ask him why he said nothing but told his friends he is still drinking and we are BUSY WANTED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL. 

    Today he even brought a baby at home still not working.

    NOW Len, another thing I would like to tell you is that I have been running Internships for college and university graduates of this country the past 4 years now and what I have seen and experienced everyday you will never believe. I have worked with over 7000 graduates (“matured”) throughout South Africa when I count by database over the past 4 years.

    I know every corner of centres done by our government in this country and us who care that much BUT. I am going to leave this to you to find out when I say BUT.

    Thank you.

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  • #44316

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    It looks like we are now going to politics root instate of all coming together and see if we have the idea to solve this issue IF IT’S AN ISSUE. If we are going to be angry this is not going to help. South African, Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers it is time we do something about this as well as the Ageism issue whatever you call it. Let us rise this to the right people who are responsible even though I always say “we are old enough to take our responsibilities” to all youth and adults as long as you are over 18 years of age. 

    I myself am sitting hear with my nephew who is now 25 and since he left Matric 2007 after he failed and they offer him to re-write of which I took him to Centurion School in Johannesburg but to my surprise he never bothered to re-write his 3 subjects. How did we find out was a long story. When I ask him in 2009 what is going on with the certificate he told us again another story. I called the department and went there to collect results which I have to pay. When we ask him why he said nothing but told his friends he is still drinking and we are BUSY WANTED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL. 

    Today he even brought a baby at home still not working.

    NOW Len, another thing I would like to tell you is that I have been running Internships for college and university graduates of this country the past 4 years now and what I have seen and experienced everyday you will never believe. I have worked with over 7000 graduates (“matured”) throughout South Africa when I count by database over the past 4 years.

    I know every corner of centres done by our government in this country and us who care that much BUT. I am going to leave this to you to find out when I say BUT.

    Thank you.

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  • #19565

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    It looks like we are now going to politics root instate of all coming together and see if we have the idea to solve this issue IF IT’S AN ISSUE. If we are going to be angry this is not going to help. South African, Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers it is time we do something about this as well as the Ageism issue whatever you call it. Let us rise this to the right people who are responsible even though I always say “we are old enough to take our responsibilities” to all youth and adults as long as you are over 18 years of age. 

    I myself am sitting hear with my nephew who is now 25 and since he left Matric 2007 after he failed and they offer him to re-write of which I took him to Centurion School in Johannesburg but to my surprise he never bothered to re-write his 3 subjects. How did we find out was a long story. When I ask him in 2009 what is going on with the certificate he told us again another story. I called the department and went there to collect results which I have to pay. When we ask him why he said nothing but told his friends he is still drinking and we are BUSY WANTED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL. 

    Today he even brought a baby at home still not working.

    NOW Len, another thing I would like to tell you is that I have been running Internships for college and university graduates of this country the past 4 years now and what I have seen and experienced everyday you will never believe. I have worked with over 7000 graduates (“matured”) throughout South Africa when I count by database over the past 4 years.

    I know every corner of centres done by our government in this country and us who care that much BUT. I am going to leave this to you to find out when I say BUT.

    Thank you.

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  • #7364

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    It looks like we are now going to politics root instate of all coming together and see if we have the idea to solve this issue IF IT’S AN ISSUE. If we are going to be angry this is not going to help. South African, Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers it is time we do something about this as well as the Ageism issue whatever you call it. Let us rise this to the right people who are responsible even though I always say “we are old enough to take our responsibilities” to all youth and adults as long as you are over 18 years of age. 

    I myself am sitting hear with my nephew who is now 25 and since he left Matric 2007 after he failed and they offer him to re-write of which I took him to Centurion School in Johannesburg but to my surprise he never bothered to re-write his 3 subjects. How did we find out was a long story. When I ask him in 2009 what is going on with the certificate he told us again another story. I called the department and went there to collect results which I have to pay. When we ask him why he said nothing but told his friends he is still drinking and we are BUSY WANTED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL. 

    Today he even brought a baby at home still not working.

    NOW Len, another thing I would like to tell you is that I have been running Internships for college and university graduates of this country the past 4 years now and what I have seen and experienced everyday you will never believe. I have worked with over 7000 graduates (“matured”) throughout South Africa when I count by database over the past 4 years.

    I know every corner of centres done by our government in this country and us who care that much BUT. I am going to leave this to you to find out when I say BUT.

    Thank you.

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  • #38126

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    It looks like we are now going to politics root instate of all coming together and see if we have the idea to solve this issue IF IT’S AN ISSUE. If we are going to be angry this is not going to help. South African, Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers it is time we do something about this as well as the Ageism issue whatever you call it. Let us rise this to the right people who are responsible even though I always say “we are old enough to take our responsibilities” to all youth and adults as long as you are over 18 years of age. 

    I myself am sitting hear with my nephew who is now 25 and since he left Matric 2007 after he failed and they offer him to re-write of which I took him to Centurion School in Johannesburg but to my surprise he never bothered to re-write his 3 subjects. How did we find out was a long story. When I ask him in 2009 what is going on with the certificate he told us again another story. I called the department and went there to collect results which I have to pay. When we ask him why he said nothing but told his friends he is still drinking and we are BUSY WANTED HIM TO GO TO SCHOOL. 

    Today he even brought a baby at home still not working.

    NOW Len, another thing I would like to tell you is that I have been running Internships for college and university graduates of this country the past 4 years now and what I have seen and experienced everyday you will never believe. I have worked with over 7000 graduates (“matured”) throughout South Africa when I count by database over the past 4 years.

    I know every corner of centres done by our government in this country and us who care that much BUT. I am going to leave this to you to find out when I say BUT.

    Thank you.

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  • #7363

    len stevens
    Member

    Sylvia, I would like please, to add a postscript to the piece I wrote above:

    One of the reasons I’m reviving my “Green Energy” project with Government — despite their 3 previous failures to give me a hearing — is because I heard recently on TV news of Deputy President Motlanthe’s “deep concern” about the “2.8 Million” of our Youth who are unemployed. He struck me as a man of rare compassion, who might not be “too busy” to listen to a logical solution — hence my writing to him, as I’ve mentioned above.

    But there’s another, even more compelling reason for this project to go ahead … and that is the Enormity of the Problem facing us – which will become more readily apparent, when the stark reality of it is confronted – like this:

    Hypothetically – stand these “2.8 Million”, despairing, unemployed young people, side-by-side – and allow half-a-metre as being normal “shoulder-width” and you’ll find they will form a Continuous Line, 1400 – (One Thousand, Four Hundred) – Kilometres in length!!

    That’s equivalent to this huge mass of youngsters, standing in an unbroken line, at the side of the entire length of the road from Pretoria to Cape Town!!

    See, Sylvia?  We have a BIG, BIG, Problem! and it requires a BIG, BIG, Solution! NOW!!

    And that’s the Exact Size of the Green Energy Solution I have to offer my country.

    And to placate our member, Johannes Mongatane, who worries about my “bringing politics” into the story I say again, that the SITE of the Energy, is on “State-Owned” Property so bringing Government into it, is totally unavoidable! – and even so, they are the only authority big enough to make the project work, at the massive level it requires – so Govt. Really MUST get involved!!


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  • #7362

    David Screen
    Member

    The 21st Century is the era of young people . If I remember a statistic that I used to include in a presentation I ran in the 80s, 60% of the world’s population by the year 2000 was going to be under the age of 25 or thereabouts. This could be of enormous benefit to a nation or a disaster in the making. In this country, my advice firstly to the current administration  would be:

     

    1. The introduction of community service a la the German model. for 6-9 months in one of the government services- health, social welfare, etc with concomitant training provided in civics, numeracy, literacy, conflict resolution, entrepreneurial skills etc 

    2. Massive state investment in a mentoring/internship programme in partnership with the private sector. i envisage a 3 -6 month programme where school leavers would join a company,  have similar training as mentioned in 1  above and at the same time learn the meaning of professionalism, puntuality, a work ethic.

    3. Exploring something like the ‘company programme’ run by Young Enterprise in the UK – a school based enterprise experience (15-19 year age group) where students set up and run their own real company over a year. Potentially . a brilliant programme in the context of South Africa.  

    To the young people themselves.

    Grab every opportunity that comes your way, whether it’s work or training. This will give you the confidence to tackle jobs you might think you’re not capable of doing. Things unfortunately are not going to fall in your lap. Get together with your friends and perhaps older mentors (teachers etc) and brainstorm ideas of how you an make money. Just keep busy and  enthusiastic.              

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  • #43275

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Well well well Mr Stevens. This sound very much of something that will yes eradicate the problem with even though some of the problem is those that had never had luxury of education. Remember that we not talking about those that are graduated here but as general youth of this country. 

    I suggest you take on YDA and Cosatu. You might get things shaking here.

    There are many channels that you can go through as long as your idea or project is protected against the vultures. 

    Good Luck Les (Be careful of the greedy they might put you in the corner).

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  • #44315

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Well well well Mr Stevens. This sound very much of something that will yes eradicate the problem with even though some of the problem is those that had never had luxury of education. Remember that we not talking about those that are graduated here but as general youth of this country. 

    I suggest you take on YDA and Cosatu. You might get things shaking here.

    There are many channels that you can go through as long as your idea or project is protected against the vultures. 

    Good Luck Les (Be careful of the greedy they might put you in the corner).

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  • #19564

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Well well well Mr Stevens. This sound very much of something that will yes eradicate the problem with even though some of the problem is those that had never had luxury of education. Remember that we not talking about those that are graduated here but as general youth of this country. 

    I suggest you take on YDA and Cosatu. You might get things shaking here.

    There are many channels that you can go through as long as your idea or project is protected against the vultures. 

    Good Luck Les (Be careful of the greedy they might put you in the corner).

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  • #7361

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Well well well Mr Stevens. This sound very much of something that will yes eradicate the problem with even though some of the problem is those that had never had luxury of education. Remember that we not talking about those that are graduated here but as general youth of this country. 

    I suggest you take on YDA and Cosatu. You might get things shaking here.

    There are many channels that you can go through as long as your idea or project is protected against the vultures. 

    Good Luck Les (Be careful of the greedy they might put you in the corner).

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  • #38125

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Well well well Mr Stevens. This sound very much of something that will yes eradicate the problem with even though some of the problem is those that had never had luxury of education. Remember that we not talking about those that are graduated here but as general youth of this country. 

    I suggest you take on YDA and Cosatu. You might get things shaking here.

    There are many channels that you can go through as long as your idea or project is protected against the vultures. 

    Good Luck Les (Be careful of the greedy they might put you in the corner).

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  • #7360

    sylvia hammond
    Keymaster

    As we’re talking about advising youth, I thought that members would be interested in what Deputy Pres Motlanthe had to say to ANCYL.  I especially appreciated the final sentence.

    Speaking Notes of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the ANC Youth League Annual Lekgotla, Centurion 10 February 2012

    Comrade President and Leadership of the ANCYL;

    Comrades;

    Thank you for inviting me to address this Lekgotla of the ANC Youth League.

    Before I delve into some of the organisational issues that I am expected to reflect on, allow me to remark about the backdrop against which this Lekgotla is taking place.

    Firstly, this is the year of the Centenary of the ANC and I am certain you would agree that this is an important achievement in the life of any organisation and a momentous occasion for all South Africans.

    Secondly, we will be holding our Policy Conference in just under 6 months. Discussion documents of that conference are about to be released and the Youth League is expected to engage with these discussions papers vigorously.

    Thirdly, this is a year of the National Elective Conference that will be seized with finalising our strategic objectives as well as Programme of Action for the next 5 years.

    Fourthly, it is 8 months since the ANC Youth League held its Elective Conference where the current leadership was elected.

    Finally, as you are all aware, we are meeting in the midst of a global economic crisis, as well as social unrests in various parts of the world.

    Therefore, in our reflections at this Lekgotla, we cannot conduct our business without critically taking some of these realities into account.

    As this is your first Lekgotla 8 months since your national elective conference, of necessity you have to translate your conference resolutions into a Programme of Action.

    It would perhaps be appropriate to start our discussion by reflecting on the question of the relationship between the ANCYL and its mother body, the ANC.

    The basis of this relationship is Rule 7.4 of the ANC Constitution, which set out the objective of the Youth League as follows:

    “… to unite and lead young men and women in confronting and dealing with the problems that face the youth, and in ensuring that the youth make a full and rich contribution to the work of the ANC and the life of the nation. The Youth League will function as an autonomous body within the overall structure of the ANC, of which it will be an integral part, with its own Constitution, rules and regulations, provided that these shall not be in conflict with the Constitution and policies of the ANC”.

    Understanding this proviso that the Youth League remains autonomous in its operations but not independent from the ANC, provides the backdrop for how we may be able to comprehend fully the role of the Youth League within the ANC today.

    From this perspective, the ANCYL was therefore established, in the first place, with the intention for it to remain an organ of the ANC subject at all times to its constitution and policies.

    This however does not imply that the ANCYL cannot take independent and autonomous decisions.

    It simply means that once the ANC Youth League has decided to adopt a position on a matter it will ensure that such position is consistent with the policies and constitution of the ANC.

    Where league policies are found to be in conflict with those of the ANC, the Youth League may submit these to the scrutiny of the policy structures of the ANC so that they may be debated and adopted as ANC policy.

    As we know from history, since its inception in 1944, the Youth League has at various points in history contributed very significantly to the renewal and growth of the ANC. 

    In 1948 the ANC Youth League sponsored a Programme of Action which introduced new forms of struggle such as civil disobedience, strikes and protests.

    The 1976 uprisings also signalled another significant contribution by the youth to the national liberation struggle.

    The 1980s also saw the youth playing an active role in the rolling mass action across our country.

    In the final analysis, the youth seeks to venture into the unknown strategically and tactfully, aware that the old generations may, at times, be blinded by the familiarity and complacency of experience.

    Guided by these principles, the Youth League must always channel its radical approaches in a manner that avoids deviance from the ANC policy.

    Thus it is important that as you deliberate on your Programme of Action, you should pay sufficient attention towards ensuring that the policy positions adopted by the league at the last conference are in line with those of the ANC or to see to it that they are debated and adopted by the ANC.

     This requirement is similar to the principle of constitutional review in a constitutional democracy, which means that the test compliance to the constitution.

    Comrades,

    As you are aware this year is both a momentous and weighty year for the African National congress (ANC) in that we are not only celebrating our 100th anniversary but also because we will be holding a policy conference as well as the 53rd National Conference to craft and adopt policy.

    These events call on us to pause and reflect on the achievements we have made in the last 100 years, in advancing our national struggle to build our democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, just and prosperous South Africa.

    It is an opportunity to use this rich history in a rounded and balanced fashion by identifying and connecting various historical turning points that provide lessons to assist us in mapping the future.

    Remaining true to the ANC’s culture of rigorous debate, this exercise must not be carried out in a perfunctory manner if we are to emerge from this process renewed and ever-ready to take the struggle forward.

    This constant act of reflection remains the backbone that holds the organisation up to its vision and mission.

    Only through open, frank and rigorous criticism, and self-criticism, is the organisation strengthened and energised.   

    Used in this way our history will be seen as more than a mechanical recording of the past, thus grounding us in the principles of inclusivity, solidarity and unity in advancing our national democratic struggle.

    In this regard, the Youth League has a critical task to play in using the centenary to carve out its role in assisting the ANC to renew itself.

    As a political home for the youth in the ANC, the league must trace its own history to assess whether it remains on the same course that was set by its founding fathers.

    As a useful starting point, you may seek to assess whether your symbols and motto are still relevant in this age.

    Those of you who are well versed with the history of the ANC will recall that after 1990 the spokes in the wheel of its logo were increased to reflect the broader unity within the liberation movement.

    In the same vein it may be appropriate to review the youth leagues’ slogans of “Fight Produce Learn” 

    Given that we have entered our 18 years of democracy; we must ask whether it is still sufficient for the youth to see its primary task as fighting, producing and learning.

    It is my humble submission that perhaps the time has come for the youth to see its task as learning, producing and defending the gains of their struggle.

     

    At all critical historical points, the league has benefitted from conscious and constant questioning of the orthodox, enabling it to respond strategically to the challenges of the time.

    Guided by these principles, the Youth League has channelled its radical approaches in a manner that avoids false consciousness born out of the limitations of generalisations and sloganeering.

    As I am sure you will agree, the pulsating life of any organisation is dependent on its ability to remain grounded in its principles.

    Such grounding is, in turn, dependent upon continuous political education.

    It is only through such political education that members of the Youth League can safeguard the values, culture, traditions that have enabled it to be a trusted leader of youth formations in our country.

    Thus it is important that as you deliberate on your Programme of Action, you pay sufficient attention towards political education and the role that the ANC Youth League has to play in advancing the National Democratic Revolution.

    Remember, that political consciousness is acquired and, of course one has to attend classes in order to gain class consciousness.

    Comrades,

    It is also important that you identify key strategic tasks for the ANC Youth League today, so that your leadership of the youth movement is focused and effective.

    As part of the social strata constituting the motive forces, the youth represent the future, meaning they have to keep pushing the frontiers of change while at the same time remaining open to new ideas.

    This dynamism of the Youth League will allow the ANC to remain on its toes as it moves to accelerate socio-economic transformation.

    However the stratification of the youth along class, gender and race, amongst others, also represents a challenge to the organisation in many different ways.

    It is important therefore, that the ANC Youth League should capture this space by mobilising the youth behind the ANC and thus the National Democratic Revolution (NDR).

    It must therefore seek to fashion itself as a non-racial, non-sexiest and multi-class organisation that gives leadership to the youth movement as a whole; without necessarily taking over other organisations.

    The ANC Youth League should aim to be the resonance of feeling of all young people across classes and strata in South Africa. This includes those in and outside of employment as well as those in and outside of institutions of learning.  

    A key condition of this requires that the youth militate for greater access to education, training and entrepreneurship as the only sustainable way to break the backbone of poverty.

    The Youth League will also need to pay closer attention to dealing with inclinations of exclusivity, individualism, greed and other social delinquencies that divide the organisation and threaten social-cohesion in society in general.

    Cognisant of South Africa’s positioning in a globalised world, the youth must question and seek solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing society today.

    Moses Kotane taught us to do proper analyses situations, which will enable us to sum-up (reach an informed conclusion) and proceed to propose possible solution.

    This is a profound lesson today as we try to make sense of the developments social upheavals in Europe, USA, Northern Africa and in the Middle East.

    Capitalist crisis threatens world peace because it may, in the absence of safely valves and alternatives, result in fascism.

    As leaders in these difficult times you must rise to the occasion by remaining united and working together to ensure that the youth remains central in shaping their future.

    The Youth League must through its participation make sure that it brings deeper meaning to the understanding that the future cannot be planned without the voice of young people.

    Comrades,

    Having discussed the various challenges and weighty issues that this Lekgotla must address, let me conclude by returning to one of the most important tasks that society expects you to champion as the vanguard of youth interests; I am referring here to the issue of learning.

    Vladimir Lenin argued at the 3rd All Russia Congress of the Young Communist League in 1920 that:

    “… the task of the youth in general, and that of the Young Communist Leagues and all other [progressive] organisations in particular might be summed up in a single word: learn!”

    Echoing this sentiment, the first national committee tasked with setting up branches of the ANC Youth League after its unbanning said that:

    “The youth can only effectively participate in the liberation of our country and get involved in the building of a democratic South Africa on the basis of totality of knowledge and experience handed over to it by old generations. At the same time young people should not be encouraged merely to copy and assimilate what is handed over to them. They should do so through an investigative and critical approach.

    Real education in the struggle on the part of the youth cannot be separated from their independent political involvement. A profound appreciation by the youth of the democratic ideals we are fighting for is better consolidated if verified by their independent experience in the struggle. Autonomy of the league offers the opportunity for the realisation of the boundless resources, energy, enterprise, initiative and the free application of the creative potential of youth.”

    To you comrades this alone may be said; learn, learn and learn.

    Trusting that this collective is equal to these tasks; I wish you fruitful deliberations, confident that you will emerge from this strategic engagement vibrant and well-equipped to face up to the challenges of our times.

    I thank you.

    Website: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za

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  • #43274

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Years ago (too many to remember) as a teenager I did “work experience” in a High School. I was buddied with another teacher who was assigned to tutor and coach me through my two week structured work experience. At the time all I wanted to do once I left school was to teach. For better or worse, my work experience put me off teaching for life; and although I during my 2nd career I eventually did become a trainer; concerning myself with andragogy and the theories of adult learning; but not the pedogogy of teaching.

    For eight years I was lucky enough to work as a workplace training and developmental manager. During this time, I realized that the “work experience” system still exists in the UK. Being responsible for these children’s work experience was challenging and rewarding. The system is well co-ordinated between the schools / local government and business. The children have a workbook to complete, enabling their work experience to be a structured learning experience

    One of the areas we focused in training  these children was Health & Safety – largely because  it is a generic requirement in all places of work, although contextualized. We also focused on the company induction:- vision, mission, goals etc. as this should be a generic concept in business.

    http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/secondary_schools/work_experience.aspx

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12285

    I am not sure is this is a possibility in SA – but considering it may be a possibility

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Years ago (too many to remember) as a teenager I did “work experience” in a High School. I was buddied with another teacher who was assigned to tutor and coach me through my two week structured work experience. At the time all I wanted to do once I left school was to teach. For better or worse, my work experience put me off teaching for life; and although I during my 2nd career I eventually did become a trainer; concerning myself with andragogy and the theories of adult learning; but not the pedogogy of teaching.

    For eight years I was lucky enough to work as a workplace training and developmental manager. During this time, I realized that the “work experience” system still exists in the UK. Being responsible for these children’s work experience was challenging and rewarding. The system is well co-ordinated between the schools / local government and business. The children have a workbook to complete, enabling their work experience to be a structured learning experience

    One of the areas we focused in training  these children was Health & Safety – largely because  it is a generic requirement in all places of work, although contextualized. We also focused on the company induction:- vision, mission, goals etc. as this should be a generic concept in business.

    http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/secondary_schools/work_experience.aspx

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12285

    I am not sure is this is a possibility in SA – but considering it may be a possibility

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Years ago (too many to remember) as a teenager I did “work experience” in a High School. I was buddied with another teacher who was assigned to tutor and coach me through my two week structured work experience. At the time all I wanted to do once I left school was to teach. For better or worse, my work experience put me off teaching for life; and although I during my 2nd career I eventually did become a trainer; concerning myself with andragogy and the theories of adult learning; but not the pedogogy of teaching.

    For eight years I was lucky enough to work as a workplace training and developmental manager. During this time, I realized that the “work experience” system still exists in the UK. Being responsible for these children’s work experience was challenging and rewarding. The system is well co-ordinated between the schools / local government and business. The children have a workbook to complete, enabling their work experience to be a structured learning experience

    One of the areas we focused in training  these children was Health & Safety – largely because  it is a generic requirement in all places of work, although contextualized. We also focused on the company induction:- vision, mission, goals etc. as this should be a generic concept in business.

    http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/secondary_schools/work_experience.aspx

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12285

    I am not sure is this is a possibility in SA – but considering it may be a possibility

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  • #7359

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Years ago (too many to remember) as a teenager I did “work experience” in a High School. I was buddied with another teacher who was assigned to tutor and coach me through my two week structured work experience. At the time all I wanted to do once I left school was to teach. For better or worse, my work experience put me off teaching for life; and although I during my 2nd career I eventually did become a trainer; concerning myself with andragogy and the theories of adult learning; but not the pedogogy of teaching.

    For eight years I was lucky enough to work as a workplace training and developmental manager. During this time, I realized that the “work experience” system still exists in the UK. Being responsible for these children’s work experience was challenging and rewarding. The system is well co-ordinated between the schools / local government and business. The children have a workbook to complete, enabling their work experience to be a structured learning experience

    One of the areas we focused in training  these children was Health & Safety – largely because  it is a generic requirement in all places of work, although contextualized. We also focused on the company induction:- vision, mission, goals etc. as this should be a generic concept in business.

    http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/secondary_schools/work_experience.aspx

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12285

    I am not sure is this is a possibility in SA – but considering it may be a possibility

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Years ago (too many to remember) as a teenager I did “work experience” in a High School. I was buddied with another teacher who was assigned to tutor and coach me through my two week structured work experience. At the time all I wanted to do once I left school was to teach. For better or worse, my work experience put me off teaching for life; and although I during my 2nd career I eventually did become a trainer; concerning myself with andragogy and the theories of adult learning; but not the pedogogy of teaching.

    For eight years I was lucky enough to work as a workplace training and developmental manager. During this time, I realized that the “work experience” system still exists in the UK. Being responsible for these children’s work experience was challenging and rewarding. The system is well co-ordinated between the schools / local government and business. The children have a workbook to complete, enabling their work experience to be a structured learning experience

    One of the areas we focused in training  these children was Health & Safety – largely because  it is a generic requirement in all places of work, although contextualized. We also focused on the company induction:- vision, mission, goals etc. as this should be a generic concept in business.

    http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/schools/secondary_schools/work_experience.aspx

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12285

    I am not sure is this is a possibility in SA – but considering it may be a possibility

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  • #7358

    len stevens
    Member

    Sylvia, may I please address the concerns of Johannes Mongatane, who has responded positively to my Green Energy Project?

    He warns of “Greedy People” who may want to “Steal My Idea”. While I value his concern I want to say publicly, that I actually want to “Give My Idea Away” to my country – to Create Jobs, Reduce Poverty and particularly to Uplift our Youth.

    Me? – my own needs are few, and already catered for. Besides – this project is much, much bigger than any single individual – and as the source of the energy is a “natural phenomenon” — it in no way, “belongs” to me!  

    All I’m able to do – and all I want to do – is to “point the way” I’ve figured out, in How To Harness It – and in the process, create millions of jobs, and spell the demise of poverty, for all time!

    The “greedy people” Johannes Mongatane warns of, CAN’T STEAL what I’m “Giving Away” – but what they CAN do and which I fully expect! is for them to “devise ways and means” to OPPOSE the project!! – To Protect Their Own Interests – which will be “threatened” by the reality of free and abundant green energy!

    This is why it’s vitally important that I “Start At The Top”, by asking for a half-hour appointment with our Deputy President, where I’ll explain all he needs to know, to become immediately aware of the reality of the “Source” of the energy involved, and the practical methodologies I’ll outline, which can be used to capture it, and put it to useful work.

    And I hope that, at that meeting, he will surround himself with engineers and scientists, who can Only Concur with these realities I’ll lay before them. And also present, I hope, will be the Heads of the various Ministries most closely involved with the implementation – with the progress – and with the forward-sustaining of the project.

    Given the gravity of our Unemployment and Poverty situation – and the pressing needs of our Youth – it needs no emphasising that “Time Is Not On Our Side”!! and once the reality of the project “takes hold” in the fertile minds gathered at the meeting – there will be  NOT the Slightest Reason, to “hold it back”!!  

    RESULTS COUNT! – and when you think about it that’s about the Only Thing that Does Count!

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  • #43273

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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  • #19562

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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  • #7357

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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  • #38123

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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  • #7356

    I agree with most of the comments above. One aspect that has not been adressed is the opportunities the ‘green economy’ offers prospective job-seekers. There are opportunities of employment starting at the very basic level, which will contribute to sustainable food production. The options are endless and no unemployed should be doing ‘nothing’. I particulary agree with the notion that one has to take control of one’s destiny. Doing volunteer work provides experience and skills development. Another important action is to ensure that employment agencies ‘know’ about you and that your skills are ‘out there’. Many large corporations offer a variety of internships to interested youth. To demand jobs, will not solve anything and definately not contribute to ‘economic freedom’. Another crucial problem is that ‘life skills’ became a compulsory subject, but very few educators are actually trained to guide learners in aspects to be researched in order to make informed decisions.      

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  • #7355

    Cindy Payle
    Keymaster

    Hi Sylvia this is a great topic and I plan on passing along this sound advice to the students who visit our Careers Portal website. I especially enjoyed Shauns comments on taking responsibility instead waiting for others to provide work opportunities, and Des i will be sure to include your practical suggestions.

    To add to what has already been said and to answer your question about what Skills-Universe members can do to solve the youth unemployment problem… i have to say that giving advice is important as many young people don’t have anyone in their lives to offer direction or guidance. But the change must start with us.This is my challenge to our members. Do you motivate your nieces and nephews? The girl or boy that you see in the supermarket? the young people that cross your path everyday? Do you take time out to encourage the youth in your neighbourhood? most of us know someone who is unemployed, yet we do very little to lift the spirits or provide practical assistance to those closest to us. How can we expect to change the situation in the country if we do not make a difference where we are. I don’t believe the solution to the unemployment problem will come with one big bang! It will come slowly, one person at a time…and it starts with us.

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  • #7354

    len stevens
    Member

    Thank you Johannes, for the support and encouragement! – although I won’t be able to use your useful contact here, for my Green Energy project – the launch of which has to be a “From the Top, Down” endeavour, as I’ve explained.

    But most certainly, she has the ‘CLOUT’ to assist us with ANOTHER PROJECT of mine, where we “Lay-People” can Get-Together, and definitely make a positive and “practical difference” to the Future of our Youth – and do it “From the Ground, Up” – so to speak.

    First, a DESCRIPTION of the PURPOSE of this “©GRID” PROJECT, as I call it which is that

    “We Must Become a NATION of TRAINERS – So We Can Become a NATION of LEARNERS!”  

    (You may be somewhat “mystified” by that statement but there’s proof coming up!) 

    In pursuit of that lofty goal, I have developed a practical, 5-intermittent-days, “Hands-On” Training Course –– Which Can Achieve That Very Purpose.

    And for anyone to participate in my “©GRID” Course – there’s NO previous experience needed, NO educational level required, and NO particular background necessary!  And there’s No lectures, No seat-warming, No “death-by-powerpoint”.

    Further, my “©GRID” Course is so powerful, that my Grads can train others “bare-handed” – without needing any “conventional tools” under a tree, when necessary with their Learners seated on the ground!!

    All the above, is what POSITIONS my Course, way, WAY AHEAD of the “Conventional”, Train-the-Trainer course!

    What’s more, I already have 300 Graduates from this Course – and there’s Huge Evidence of its stunning results – readily available to whomsoever wishes to “check it out”. Just ask me!

    Now, an EXPLANATION of the USES to which it can be put and how it will ENABLE the Youth, to take their future firmly into their own grasp

    On the one hand in our country, we speak – rightly – of a “Skills-Shortage”.  And on the other hand, we have 2.8 Million of our Youth, largely “Unskilled” – and Unemployed.

    So it’s Glaringly Obvious! that we desperately need a “Rapid-Response Answer” to this pressing dilemma. And the positive, practical, ANSWER I have, for the Youth, is that

    we must invite the Remaining “Skilled-People” we have, to take my “©GRID” Course – and Get Themselves QUALIFIED As TRAINERS so they can “Pass On” their Skills to the Youth who in the process, will BECOME the “Nation of LEARNERS!” who are acquiring these ‘donated’ skills.

    But That’s Not the End of it!!

    There’s EXPONENTIAL GROWTH immediately ahead when these Youth, who have initially been trained by those “Skilled-People” Trainers, now go on as Trainers Themselves, Now!! … to train Others of the Youth, in these “New Skills” which they’ve acquired and who will then Train Others of the Youth – who will train Others, and Others, and Others of our Youth

    And this “exponential-process” will sweep our entire land – in Months, rather than Years!! (Years which we don’t have!!)

    And all of the Youth – starting off with the “Skilled-People” Trainers – will have been trained in how to DESIGN Training for specific outcomes – (in Any Subject Whatsoever!) – and trained in how to PRESENT their Training, in a highly professional manner

    and ON TOP of all that, they will all have their “LIFE-SKILLS” enhanced, in self confidence/ public speaking/ attitude control/ self motivation/ leadership/ interpersonal relations/ presentation skills/ goal achievement/ and communication skills.

    You will see instantly, Johannes, that all of this training they are “Getting and Sharing” – (in the true Spirit of Ubuntu!) – sets up the Youth to “team together”, and Become Entrepreneurs – and Start Their Own Businesses!

    See, Johannes? – We must become a “Nation of Trainers”! – so we can become a “Nation of Learners”! And I need help – “From the Ground, Up” – to get it going! and THAT’S WHERE your so-valuable Contact, can throw her weight behind it! – and any others who want to join in!!

    Ps – Yes, I’m a Trainer myself and you can check me out, on “LinkedIn”.

    Johannes Mongatane said:

    Hi Len, I can help you with the best person to talk to who is in the media and we all work together trying create employment and entrepreneur opportunity together of which they have a special program on Saturdays between 8am and 9am. She also do Current Affairs on Tuesdays. 

    If you can get through to this people she can be your solution if you are comfortable to take this root.

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  • #43272

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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  • #44312

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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  • #19561

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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  • #7353

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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  • #7352

    len stevens
    Member

    Thank you, Johannes, for your kind assistance here, with my “©GRID PROJECT”.

    And because you are actually “sticking your neck out” on my behalf I owe you something more, than just MY “Say-So”, about how my “©GRID Course can be used to change the future positively, for our Youth.

    Accordingly to reinforce your faith in me, I append hereunder – (from amongst literally hundreds of testimonial-letters on file, from my Happy  Graduates) – the text of an unsolicited, self-explanatory letter from Kevin Chaplin – Managing Director of both the “South African Ubuntu Foundation Trust” and the “Amy Biehl Foundation” here in Cape Town:

    “Dear Len – words cannot describe my appreciation and thanks for the “©GRID Training Method Course” you have taken our staff through.  It has exceeded my wildest expectations.

    In four days, you have transformed them all; you have performed a remarkable and total change in them. You are an absolutely outstanding star, who has achieved something beyond miraculous.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so appreciative and grateful, and will be forever singing your praises to all that I can. The “©GRID Training Programme” is excellent – you name it – but it is also you, who are amazing, fantastic, and much more”

    Signed, Kevin Chaplin.

    Johannes, I trust this Testimonial adds some “muscle” to your efforts to promote this Project – and please do feel free to send on Kevin Chaplin’s comments here, to anyone else you believe may be interested in “coming aboard”, and helping to accelerate the use of the “©GRID PROJECT” to uplift our Youth, toward “SELF-SUFFICIENCY” – which will bring to them a Vision of a New Future an enduring Dignity and a Recognition of their own, well-deserved, Self-Worth!

    Johannes Mongatane said:

    Hi Len, I have just forwarded information to them and I will hear what they say and on the other hand if they don’t respond in the next 48 hours I will call them to arrange some kind of meeting.

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  • #7351

    sylvia hammond
    Keymaster

    Kagisho Malatji and I have been having an offline discussion about this topic and what we can do.  I have posted this message from her with her permission.  We have talked about a new group entitled Empowering Youth in Africa.  We will invite members of the existing groups to join the new group.  We welcome all ideas on how we can take this forward practically and constructively.

    Kagisho Malatji

    “I have been mentoring (voluntarily) Aspirant Youth Entrepreneurs (through NYDA). The biggest gap is this – the youth have no knowledge of where to look for resources and they do not have guidance in goal setting.

    We as human resources practitioners (training, coaching, mentoring), need to be involved in our communities and share information (first of all) with youth. What we may deem common knowledge is NOT common at all. Here’s an example: Recently, I consulted with 2 guys who have been battling to register a company…upon asking them if they consulted the local SEDA office to assist them, they had no knowledge of the existence of SEDA. Ironically, we were sitting just a few steps from the SEDA offices, when I told them what they do and where they were situated, they could n’t believe it. There are many examples I can sight to indicate that we need to share information with the youth. Most of them, needless to say, have no access to the internet.

     

    Various SETA’s run learnerships, however, the majority of the youth are not aware of these. There again, we need to disseminate information through civil structures in various communities. I have just received an e-mail of bursaries being awarded by WR SETA. We need to arm ourselves with available opportunities to unemployed youth so as to advise them accordingly.

    We need to lobby various organisations including SETA’s into establishing centres where various skills can be learned – in the past, we had various organisations where apprentices were developed. We need to get back to that and make learning more accessible.  

    Let me put a spanner in the works – we need to advocate against government grants – in the short-term grants seem like a good thing to do, in the long-term however, a dependency syndrome is inculcated. We need to educate youth that everything in life is earned.  

    As HR professionals, let us identify a few young people, that we ourselves can take under our own arm and develop. Well said, it is hard to do. Let’s find a way to overcome obstacles to reach out to unemployed youth. Let’s teach them basic skills – how to draw up a CV, how to present yourself to prospective employers, grooming skills, time management skills, accountabilty, work ethic, etc.

    I propose – we form a forum of professionals who want to lobby for centres of learning where various skills can be taught. SETA’s are sitting on loads of moola – lets access the moola and skill the unemployed youth. If we comfortably discuss this and we do nothing, we are leaving the situation to come back and bite us. Someone spoke about a window of opportunity we have to add value to unemployed youth and that if we don’t, we are lifting a lid on a pot that has been simmering for long and which might just turn to boiling point and explode. He was talking about how youth is turning into CRIME in huge numbers!”

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  • #7350

    len stevens
    Member

    Way to go, Sylvia and Kagisho … a Standing Ovation for you. This is the kind of “Practical Help” I’ve been talking about, and offering! In addition to the Govt. funding you hope to get … I believe Commerce and Industry should “come to the party” with funding, too. If they can put up money for “Sport” to get their names in front of the public … how much more good it will do them, publicity-wise, when they show their PATRIOTIC, financial support, for the biggest challenges we face — being Unemployed Youth, and Poverty!!  “ALL HANDS TO THE PUMPS!! … SAVE THE SHIP!!”

    sylvia hammond said:

    Kagisho Malatji and I have been having an offline discussion about this topic and what we can do.  I have posted this message from her with her permission.  We have talked about a new group entitled Empowering Youth in Africa.  We will invite members of the existing groups to join the new group.  We welcome all ideas on how we can take this forward practically and constructively.

    Kagisho Malatji

    “I have been mentoring (voluntarily) Aspirant Youth Entrepreneurs (through NYDA). The biggest gap is this – the youth have no knowledge of where to look for resources and they do not have guidance in goal setting.

    We as human resources practitioners (training, coaching, mentoring), need to be involved in our communities and share information (first of all) with youth. What we may deem common knowledge is NOT common at all. Here’s an example: Recently, I consulted with 2 guys who have been battling to register a company…upon asking them if they consulted the local SEDA office to assist them, they had no knowledge of the existence of SEDA. Ironically, we were sitting just a few steps from the SEDA offices, when I told them what they do and where they were situated, they could n’t believe it. There are many examples I can sight to indicate that we need to share information with the youth. Most of them, needless to say, have no access to the internet.

     

    Various SETA’s run learnerships, however, the majority of the youth are not aware of these. There again, we need to disseminate information through civil structures in various communities. I have just received an e-mail of bursaries being awarded by WR SETA. We need to arm ourselves with available opportunities to unemployed youth so as to advise them accordingly.

    We need to lobby various organisations including SETA’s into establishing centres where various skills can be learned – in the past, we had various organisations where apprentices were developed. We need to get back to that and make learning more accessible.  

    Let me put a spanner in the works – we need to advocate against government grants – in the short-term grants seem like a good thing to do, in the long-term however, a dependency syndrome is inculcated. We need to educate youth that everything in life is earned.  

    As HR professionals, let us identify a few young people, that we ourselves can take under our own arm and develop. Well said, it is hard to do. Let’s find a way to overcome obstacles to reach out to unemployed youth. Let’s teach them basic skills – how to draw up a CV, how to present yourself to prospective employers, grooming skills, time management skills, accountabilty, work ethic, etc.

    I propose – we form a forum of professionals who want to lobby for centres of learning where various skills can be taught. SETA’s are sitting on loads of moola – lets access the moola and skill the unemployed youth. If we comfortably discuss this and we do nothing, we are leaving the situation to come back and bite us. Someone spoke about a window of opportunity we have to add value to unemployed youth and that if we don’t, we are lifting a lid on a pot that has been simmering for long and which might just turn to boiling point and explode. He was talking about how youth is turning into CRIME in huge numbers!”

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    len stevens said:

    Way to go, Sylvia and Kagisho … a Standing Ovation for you. This is the kind of “Practical Help” I’ve been talking about, and offering! In addition to the Govt. funding you hope to get … I believe Commerce and Industry should “come to the party” with funding, too. If they can put up money for “Sport” to get their names in front of the public … how much more good it will do them, publicity-wise, when they show their PATRIOTIC, financial support, for the biggest challenges we face — being Unemployed Youth, and Poverty!!  “ALL HANDS TO THE PUMPS!! … SAVE THE SHIP!!”

    sylvia hammond said:

    Kagisho Malatji and I have been having an offline discussion about this topic and what we can do.  I have posted this message from her with her permission.  We have talked about a new group entitled Empowering Youth in Africa.  We will invite members of the existing groups to join the new group.  We welcome all ideas on how we can take this forward practically and constructively.

    Kagisho Malatji

    “I have been mentoring (voluntarily) Aspirant Youth Entrepreneurs (through NYDA). The biggest gap is this – the youth have no knowledge of where to look for resources and they do not have guidance in goal setting.

    We as human resources practitioners (training, coaching, mentoring), need to be involved in our communities and share information (first of all) with youth. What we may deem common knowledge is NOT common at all. Here’s an example: Recently, I consulted with 2 guys who have been battling to register a company…upon asking them if they consulted the local SEDA office to assist them, they had no knowledge of the existence of SEDA. Ironically, we were sitting just a few steps from the SEDA offices, when I told them what they do and where they were situated, they could n’t believe it. There are many examples I can sight to indicate that we need to share information with the youth. Most of them, needless to say, have no access to the internet.

     

    Various SETA’s run learnerships, however, the majority of the youth are not aware of these. There again, we need to disseminate information through civil structures in various communities. I have just received an e-mail of bursaries being awarded by WR SETA. We need to arm ourselves with available opportunities to unemployed youth so as to advise them accordingly.

    We need to lobby various organisations including SETA’s into establishing centres where various skills can be learned – in the past, we had various organisations where apprentices were developed. We need to get back to that and make learning more accessible.  

    Let me put a spanner in the works – we need to advocate against government grants – in the short-term grants seem like a good thing to do, in the long-term however, a dependency syndrome is inculcated. We need to educate youth that everything in life is earned.  

    As HR professionals, let us identify a few young people, that we ourselves can take under our own arm and develop. Well said, it is hard to do. Let’s find a way to overcome obstacles to reach out to unemployed youth. Let’s teach them basic skills – how to draw up a CV, how to present yourself to prospective employers, grooming skills, time management skills, accountabilty, work ethic, etc.

    I propose – we form a forum of professionals who want to lobby for centres of learning where various skills can be taught. SETA’s are sitting on loads of moola – lets access the moola and skill the unemployed youth. If we comfortably discuss this and we do nothing, we are leaving the situation to come back and bite us. Someone spoke about a window of opportunity we have to add value to unemployed youth and that if we don’t, we are lifting a lid on a pot that has been simmering for long and which might just turn to boiling point and explode. He was talking about how youth is turning into CRIME in huge numbers!”

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    Shaun Lindbergh said:

    The whole debate around unemployment and jobs is barking up the wrong tree; mass employment is an industrial age phenomenon and that age is rapidly drawing to a close as the digital age emerges. Mass employment as we have known it will be a tiny spike on the timeline of human history in the same way that human history is a mere speck on earth’s timeline. 

    The first thing I tell any person who thinks they are unemployed is that they are not. We may live in a job-scarce world but we are surrounded by an abundance of viable opportunities for income security … far more than there are people willing to take them up. 

    Our focus should be on promoting income security. 

    Here are two snippets from my letter to the Sunday Times in response to Bobby Godsell’s article on “50 Million Wealth Creators” (http://wp.me/p1ehyd-4j

    I assert two things in my challenge about unemployment (although you will need to see the full letter to understand the rationale).

    • Unemployment is a state of mind, not a factual reality.
    • Personal unemployment can be instantly eradicated with a slight shift in thinking.

    It is merely the way we think about work, employment and income security that makes unemployment a central challenge as asserted by many.

    Here is how you can enter the new digital age and end unemployment in your life in less than 30 seconds (in ascending order of difficulty and complexity).

    • Reclaim personal responsibility for your life. There are no knights in shining armour waiting in the wings, no employer about to give you a job for life. You are on your own.
    • Incorporate You Inc.(a la Tom Peters) right now; at least do it in your thinking, the legal stuff can follow later if required. The assets held by You Inc. include
      • Your health.
      • Your usable education; about 10% of what you learned at school, 90% if you observed life.
      • Your most important assets are your trusted relationships.
      • Your monetary savings and investments are the least important (not unimportant though).
    • Discover  You Inc.‘s purpose in this world. Why are you here? What value can you contribute to the world?
    • Go to work for You Inc. right now, it is a permission-free appointment and the shop doors are right in front of you and you have the keys. And then be prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that You Inc. thrives in the new digital economy. And one important thing you need to know, You Inc. does not have employment contracts with 45-hour work weeks and 8 to 5 office hours. The deal is simple, an age-old truth;

    You reap what you sow. For those who sow diligently and persistently the harvest is usually abundant.

    Motivate Cape Town is an initiative to inspire people to hope and to reclaim power in their lives. On Saturday we launch Challenge 2012, an experiment in crowdsourcing positive solutions for effective change by empowering communities to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable projects. The potential is massive. I have just come from a meeting where one team are going to crowdsource “Free Wi-Fi for Cape Town” starting in the townships, the impact could put the digital age into the hands of anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled phone. 

    If you live in Cape Town come an join the adventure. Joburg and Durban are next. 

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    len stevens
    Member

    Hello Shaun Lindbergh! — I have read your “Solution to Unemployment” here, several times, trying my best to understand it from a “practical feasibility” point of view — but each time I do so, I have this repetitive, overriding vision swimming into my consciousness of the small groups of desperate men huddled near the traffic lights along Rosmead Avenue here in Cape Town, hoping against hope that a truck will pull up, and invite their labour for the day, in exchange for a little money they can take home to their families that evening. 

    Have you thought of addressing them, and explaining your philosophical approach to their wretched circumstances, which you outline on these pages? — about how the “digital-age” is upon them, and that they better “get with it”? — that their need for “employment” from others, is out of date, and unrealistic?

     I’m just a simple soul, Shaun, with this basic instinct I have, which is to Identify the Real CAUSE of a Problem — NOT the EFFECTS — and then, to take Practical ACTION Steps to fix it … Permanently … thus Removing the Effects!! 

    But I’m always open to being educated, Shaun — so if you’ll think about what I’ve said here, and come back to me on it, and “put me right” on what I’m missing — I’ll be obliged to you, for the lesson. Respectfully, Len Stevens. 

     

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    David Jooste
    Participant

    I think a major problem is (and this has surface in some of the discussions) the youth’s perception about work and their own expectations, among these to start an entry level job at R12,000.00 per month company car or car allowance, medical aid and pension fund contributions excluded.  Agreed school subjects like Life Orientation could contribute to be part of the solution, but isn’t LO replacing the former History? With a curriculum focus on Apartheid, how to continuously live in the pat, entitlement and strategic management in adopting an approach of blaming instead of taking responsibility.   As this is characteristics still predominantly displayed.

    Understandably   as a result of the social dispensation of the nation at large not everyone has access to computers to learn computer skills at home or within a social environment, combined with limited space in formal classroom settings. Perhaps SETA’s could get involved here in arranging community classes in teaching basic computer skills at educational institutions that have the facilities on an after-hours (Saturdays/evenings) basis. This could also be extended to developing practical skills, such as perhaps clothing making, which will give them something to do while enabling them to earn an income in perhaps the informal sector.

     

     

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    I am a career advisor at Career Planet, [http://www.careerplanet.co.za] managing the ASK US option.

    Thanks to input from Skills Universe members! Marlene Clarke – interesting article!

    Career Planet uses online (website) and mobile (cellphones) to help connect youth to real and reliable information, opportunities and resources. We can’t keep up with a deluge of career questions but we are trying, with a group of volunteers (with our guidance and resource material) to answer questions across the spectrum and across the country. Although the information maze seems impenetrable, we get daily (often touching) thanks for making the opaque, visible. We offer hope, support for dreams, realistic plans and often a Plan B. We have seen how one person can help one person at a time, by using their experience, skill and knowledge and ubuntu. That is all it takes. Do one thing with your knowledge and care!

    Advice to unemployed youth. Apparently only 65% of Learners who need Learnerships have a chance of getting them so we instruct our youngsters how to job-hunt as well as learnership-hunt. That means advice about Letters of Motivation, CVs, registering with the Labour Centre, bugging their educational institution for names fo companies in the area, networking (totally agree with Ulrike Schottler), and volunteering (Johannes Mongatane is spot on). But we find that most of our career seekers do not know how to do internet research so we instruct them step by step, including finding a few current opportunities to show them that it works. 

    But enquiries about Entrepreneurship are not common and I would be interested in knowing more about that. Can one suggest that if there is no interest? 

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    • Grab at anything that comes your way
    • Be willing to start at the bottom, here you develop a good foundation
    • Remain true
    • Keep your integrity, it’s what sets you apart in the storms
    • Have goals set in what you currently busy with
    • Go to work to work, friendships are second as they don’t pay your salary
    • Be willing to go beyond your job description/kpa’s/kra’s
    • Be punctual – it says a lot about you
    • Don’t burn your bridges – you are most likely to meet the same people you start with, ten years down the road
    • Know your job well before someone else reminds you, with extra work
    • Life is about quality
    • Excuses are excuses and stories are stories but results are reality
    • Love life
    • Know the strategy of your company/organisation and align your work accordingly
    • Debt is optional
    • Be willing to give back to the community – help those less fortunate than you with your time and then if necessary money, that’s true giving back
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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    I think it is vital for youth to be exposed to different careers before they leave school.

    They need to focus on the Scarce and Critical skill shortages in SA.

    Implementing programs where youth are exposed to the job market over school holidays as well as outcomes training, would ensure sustainability of a skilled workforce in the future.

     

    Scientia Est Potentia 

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    I think it is vital for youth to be exposed to different careers before they leave school.

    They need to focus on the Scarce and Critical skill shortages in SA.

    Implementing programs where youth are exposed to the job market over school holidays as well as outcomes training, would ensure sustainability of a skilled workforce in the future.

     

    Scientia Est Potentia 

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    I think it is vital for youth to be exposed to different careers before they leave school.

    They need to focus on the Scarce and Critical skill shortages in SA.

    Implementing programs where youth are exposed to the job market over school holidays as well as outcomes training, would ensure sustainability of a skilled workforce in the future.

     

    Scientia Est Potentia 

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    I think it is vital for youth to be exposed to different careers before they leave school.

    They need to focus on the Scarce and Critical skill shortages in SA.

    Implementing programs where youth are exposed to the job market over school holidays as well as outcomes training, would ensure sustainability of a skilled workforce in the future.

     

    Scientia Est Potentia 

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    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    I think it is vital for youth to be exposed to different careers before they leave school.

    They need to focus on the Scarce and Critical skill shortages in SA.

    Implementing programs where youth are exposed to the job market over school holidays as well as outcomes training, would ensure sustainability of a skilled workforce in the future.

     

    Scientia Est Potentia 

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  • #7342

    Desiree Nel
    Member

    UNEMPLOYMENT UNDER THE YOUTH

    I feel that part of the problem lies also with the current educational system as our educational institutions do not provide students with the skills required by the industries, before they leave school. These skills may include communication skills, customer service training, interviewing tips, compiling your resume, conducting yourself professionally and some others, in order to prepare them to be ready to perform in today’s work place.

    The unfortunate situation were today’s youth find themselves in can have various negative effects especially in the long term, such as mental and physical health problems, elevated levels of anxiety and stress, low self-esteem, dependence, pessimism, despondency etc. It’s also possible that unemployment can even lead to an increase in criminal activity (due to boredom or survival condition) and can cause a high risk of poverty. The reason I mention this is to stress how important it is for the country to invest in our youth and urgently address the current state of affairs so as to avoid the long term effects it could have on South Africa.

    Despite all the doomsday talk, I also believe that there is hope and where there’s a will there’s a way.

    Continue education and training: Experience is invaluable so it’s very important to be on the lookout for graduate programmes, internships, volunteering and apprenticeships, and even though they might not pay much, experience on its own is a great learning opportunity. The youth could also benefit from being open minded about continual learning; perhaps consider a more short courses that will equip them further in their field of interest.

    Networking: As many people have already highlighted, I would like to reiterate its importance. By networking you get to market yourself out there and although it’s difficult the reward thereof can be priceless. I found a job through a long network of people and although it was not relevant to my field of interest, I learned valuable skills of the world of work that I benefit from today.

    Keep your head up and stay in the race: Something is better than nothing albeit in some cases, relatively low-level jobs, and at least it will teach you some things about the world of work that you have not known, while you continue your search. This will ensure that you do not become stagnant but that you continue improving your abilities and your skills. Sometimes it’s about getting your foot in the door which will allow you the chance to prove yourself. It’s vital that you remember to be open, whether it’s full time, part time or contract, at least you will have some sense of autonomy.

    Attitude, motivation and determination: I believe it’s imperative to stay motivated and optimistic! Harriet Tubman said: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Be positive and remember, if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

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