Long time no see. Surely this is a voluntary programme, and as there may be some kind of contract involved I presume all parents are party to this decision. So what Services are offering is a choice to the youth – not a compulsory additional requirement.
I think the idea is great, although I do wonder, if teenagers have no idea what career to take up after grade 12 as common opinion seems to have it, how they will be better equipped to make this decision at the start of grade 10. Nevertheless I applaud you for at least doing something about the problem, often voiced by industry, of school leavers not being employable. And I agree that SETAs have a role to play in making them more employable!
In my opinion I would rather see more emphasis on career guidance, practical work experience (like internships or structured holiday jobs), and a generic set of life-skills which would benefit any company without an occupational choice having to be made. The list of life-skills is endless but should include a cognitive element and also the communication skills which so many school-leavers seem to lack. However I don’t have a problem with occupational qualifications being offered as an option.
I support this fully and would be happy to participate from the Western Cape (and/or nationally) as I travel a lot. There is an SDF association already (ASFDSA) and there may be other relevant societies so we may have to do some research en route. Let me know how I can participate and what the next steps are.