Improving Work Opportunities for Young People in SA
British Council South Africa in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was excited to host a 2 day national workshop on Improving Work Opportunities for Young People in South Africa at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre on 26-27 February 2020.
“The purpose of the workshop was to encourage policy learning and promote employer-led skills development initiatives that increase work opportunities for young people. We aim to officially present the key findings of the impact survey and the A21 Guideline and share college partnership experience during their international partnerships in this project,” said I-WORK programme Manager, Makhosazane Mngadi.
The planned outcomes:
- Stakeholders are aware of how to manoeuvre the A21 GUIDELINE.
- Stakeholders are exposed to the recommendations provided post the knowledge survey that was conducted specifically for Roles and Responsibilities of key stakeholders that contribute to the quality of apprenticeships in South Africa.
- Stakeholders, specifically employers commit to partnering with colleges towards quality apprenticeships.
In addition, the workshop encourages policy learning and promote employer-led skills development initiatives that increase work opportunities for young people. I-WORK Project is one of the initiatives the British Council embarked for the period 2018/19 to strengthen levels of engagements with employers and learners, improving the perception of vocational routes and maintaining quality in South Africa.
The I-Work Project is focused on three result areas which integrate work at system, institution and individual levels:
- Strand 1: Skills training Centres (TVET Colleges) implement more effective approaches to skills development which are employer led and more inclusive of disadvantaged groups – Known as the “Partnership Strand”.
- Strand 2: New policies and approaches implemented which enhance Apprenticeships and work-related learning – Known as the “Apprenticeship Strand”.
- Strand 3: Capturing and disseminating good practice across the Commonwealth – Outputs and Outcomes of Strand 1 and Strand 2 form the basis of this third result area.
The Deputy Director General: Skills Development, Zukile Mvalo highlighted that, “The National Development captures the momentum, when it states that “Our Future – Make It Work” and that “South Africa belongs to all its people and the future of our country is our collective future”. Now, more than ever, there is an urgency to improve quality apprenticeships and employer-led skills development to meet the needs of rapidly changing economies in South Africa and around the world. Whether learning from each other through building international links or from the past, we don’t need to provide all the answers ourselves but have strong belief that together we can make that change.
The two day National workshop was well attended by delegates from the British Council, the Department of Higher Education and industry.
British Council delegates from the United Kingdom were present to share best practice of their Apprenticeship systems and how to improve work opportunities for young people.
Dr. Florus Prinsloo. Apprenticeships systems development guru, explained the importance of following the A21 digital guidelines to build a quality apprenticeship system and ensure that it is aligned with the needs of the 21st century.
The purpose of the national workshop was to encourage policy learning and promote employer-led skills development initiatives that increase work opportunities for young people.
I-WORK programme Manager, Makhosazane Mngadi highlighted that the aim of the workshop was to officially present the key findings of the impact survey and the A21 Guideline and share college partnership experience during their international partnerships in this project.