Learning Briefs: Enterprising School Leavers


NGO volunteering as a first rung strategy for tackling youth unemployment

As South Africa continues to experience chronically high unemployment rates, it is clear that a multi-pronged effort, involving both the public and private sectors, is required to support young people as they transition into the world of work. Here, the key elements of NGO youth volunteer programmes are explored and some consideration is given to […]

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Posted on 19 Feb 2015

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The same but different … mediating meaningful employment for persons with disabilities

This learning brief considers how the uptake of persons with disabilities as sought-after employees might be facilitated. Recommendations are also provided for the role that industry could play in facilitating best-fit employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Read the article here

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Posted on 19 Feb 2015

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Exploring the Employment Tax Incentive: why, how and could it work?

The Employment Tax Incentive is a Government initiative, part of a multi-pronged strategy to tackle high youth unemployment in South Africa. The employer claims the incentive by reducing the total employee tax (Pay-As-You-Earn/PAYE) amount payable each month to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) by the total employment tax incentive amount for qualifying employees. It […]

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Posted on 29 Oct 2014

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The Hard Work of Soft Skills: Securing Job Placements for Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Graduates

The Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) recently undertook a study to investigate the links between skills gaps identified by employers and the curriculum offered at some Western Cape Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, and to design and pilot a programme to strengthen the development of a pathway for college graduates into three identified industries. In this learning […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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The Language of Access

How we harness technological innovation in rural South African communities in order to close the education gap between urban and rural learners is as exciting as it is challenging. In this learning brief, Good Work Foundation describes what they are doing – and some of their challenges – at their Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, located in Shabalala village […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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Fix Forward: An increase in income equals an increase in quality of life – or does it?

Fix Forward is an innovative social enterprise giving home and business owners access to exceptional artisans from the townships, challenging preconceptions and bridging the economic divide.  Having been able to successfully assist a number of talented tradesmen to build their own businesses, Fix Forward believed that their tradesmen were well on their way to become […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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The Case for National Senior Certificate Second Chance Programmes: Evidence from DG Murray Trust Partners

Two programmes implemented by our implementing partners, GADRA Matric School (GMS) and the Midlands Community College’s Maths Science and Technology (MST) programme, are successful models which give a second chance to young people who have not performed well enough in their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations to study the tertiary courses of their choice. We […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Dreamworker: Deepening our learning and improving our service using a Strategic Conversation Matrix Process

Towards the end of 2011 Dreamworker set themselves the task of deepening their learning about the challenges, issues and uncertainties impacting their work and to see if they could identify areas that would help them improve their employment mediation service. To support their learning they used the Strategic Conversation Matrix, which required them to systematically […]

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Posted on 4 Mar 2014

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The challenges and lessons learned in securing post-school placements for township-based matrics: Achieving against the odds

Annually the township matriculants participating in the IkamvaYouth programme exceeds all expectations in terms of their matric exam performance and 96% of them have accessed opportunity (educational/employment) within 5 months of matriculating.  But the untold story behind these impressive statistics reflects many challenges, frustrations, obstacles and disappointments inherent in trying to secure post-school placements for […]

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Posted on 7 Oct 2013

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How Rural Youth Access Information on Tertiary Education Opportunities

This learning brief reports on a research study aimed at improving the understanding of how high school learners learn about, and access information on, tertiary education.  Specifically, the study investigated the type, accessibility, and sources of information on higher education available to rural learners in KwaZulu-Natal. Read the main findings of this study here.

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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