Introduction: POPUP Soshanguve’s Training Project

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Community-based Vocational Training project
Introduction to POPUP Soshanguve’s Community-based Vocational Training project As you are aware, the unemployment rate in Africa is not a new story, and anyone who is involved in skills development, generally, knows that there is no single answer to the challenge of skills development problem. The recent and current recessions have caused many jobs to be lost, and even when economies recover, companies have learnt to get by with less people, and many of the jobs remain unfilled. Technology is also playing a significant role in reducing the number of unskilled positions available to the market. We now have a situation where dedicated, hardworking but unskilled young people find themselves without a job and with no likely alternative of finding one. This is especially true in the current South African economic climate which has experienced a serious downsizing in the mining and steel industrial sectors specifically, with a knock-on effect to the construction industry – all of which are major providers of jobs. The latest statistics show that one in two South Africans aged between 15-24 do not have a job. Nearly half the youth labor force did not finish school and only 14% obtained ANY form of tertiary education. The outlook for these young people is bleak unless the private sector and/ or government can intervene in a MEANINGFUL way. POPUP is committed to empower and provide the ability for sustainable employment to young people in Tshwane though skills development and training but we cannot do this on our own. We are looking for partners to help deliver this training to the Soshanguve community and make this training accessible to unemployed learners who do not have the financial resources to pay for their training. To succeed, we need to collaborate with and collectively combine the resources of various entities, all of whom are committed to addressing both the unacceptable youth unemployment rate and the skills gap in South African industry. Together we can do this by combining the resources and energies of the following groups: POPUP – pull the practical side of the training together at our Soshanguve centre, prequalify candidates and train the students. The relevant SETA – to issue recognisable qualifications to the students to prove that they are competent and employable. Private sector funders – to subsidize the training facility or training on a per student basis either directly or using their CSI budgets. Employers – to provide experiential for the learners in order to make them fully competent in their role. Cost of the Community-based Vocational Training project: A company can opt to sponsor a single learner, or more on a course facilitated for 12-16 learners which will take place over one month, or they can choose to sponsor the entire year, which comprises 4 interventions. Programme Duration Learners per group Interventions per year Cost per Learner Cost for 4 groups Plumbing CETA SETA 20 Days 16 4 R 10,900 R 697,600 Basic Welding Certificate MerSETA 15 Days 12 4 R 7,140 R 342,720 This contribution comes with the security of knowing that the funding is making a difference where the difference is really needed – providing unemployed youth with real, accredited vocational skills that will lead to employment, productivity and a stable future for them and their families. Our partners can claim their full contributions to the learners’ training as part of their Corporate Social Investment(CSI) spend and this value can be used in their BBBEE score card. Together we can provide Community-based Vocational Training that will lead to previously unqualified young people receiving “in-demand” vocational skills that will give them a high chance of gaining meaningful, long term employment. Contact Wilma Lindecke via wilma.lindecke@popup.co.za