The unemployment crisis in SA and how POPUP effect

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Everyone involved in the economic growth and development of South Africa is deeply concerned about the high youth unemployment rate. Research and analysis by leaders in different industries are taking place, solutions are discussed, plans are made, yet targets are not reached.Stats SA confirms that unemployment is higher for those with lower education levels. The unemployment rate for those with less than matric is 31.2%, compared to graduates which is at 6.6%.

According to statistician general Risenga Maluleke, education is playing a critical role in labour markets. To this statement, POPUP (People Upliftment) fully agrees.

Fin24 states in an article (follow link: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/just-in-unemployment-rate-drops-to-267-20180213) that of the 10.3 million people in the age category between 15 and 24 years of age, 29.7% were not in employment, education or training. “Young people aged 15-24 remain vulnerable in the labour market with the unemployment rate of over 52% and absorption rate of almost 13%,” according to the report.

Since 2016, POPUP focuses on restoring and empowering unemployed people to be employable. POPUP compassionately equips our learners through its various skills programmes ranging from NQF Level 1 -4. A variety of soft and technical skills programmes are provided internally at its two Pretoria-based centres in the inner city of Pretoria and Soshanguve.

POPUP is often the first stop when recruitment departments of companies search for entry level positions. The reason is clearly that they are looking for equipped, but also changed individuals with restored morals and values. This is what our country needs to build a healthy economy based on honesty and a healthy morale in its workforce. On the other hand, it is also a critical necessity to combat crime and many social ills in our society.

With its B-BBEE Level 1 status, POPUP is a sought after organisation that does not only provide training and development at its own centres, but offers external training and 23 excellent learnerships in the corporate sector. The organisation adopted a client-centric approach to best fulfil to their clients’ requirements which can be offered through various delivery methods and contact sessions to supplement the theory component.

For more information, please contact Wilma Lindecke at Wilma.lindecke@popup.co.za.