Equipping youth from low income communities for employment

Our partnership with Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has provided 200 marginalized young people with educational and work experience to increase their opportunities for employment.

South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. In the first quarter of 2016, the youth unemployment rate was 54.5%, according to SA Statistics. Young women (15–34 years) are in a particularly precarious situation, with unemployment rates more than 10% higher than those of young men.

This project has provide 200 young people from low income communities across Cape Town, of whom 75% are young women, with educational and work experience that will increase their opportunities for employment.

The young participants, 17-20 years of age, were supported in transforming their own futures by focusing on individual action plans, based on their own dreams and goals. In addition to this, the participants got a scholarship throughout the program, which offerde them the possibility to focus one hundred percent on the program itself, not having to worry about their day-to-day survival.

The project also offered practical training for the participants in order to make them ready for the labour market, where we’ve found great opportunities of working together with H&M stores in South Africa to offer the participants internships. Today this project is run by H&M in South Africa.

Results

10

schools were offered specific training workshops that were designed to assist students in making informed career choices.

200

young people from low income communities were supported in transforming their own future.

75%

of the participants were female, as the unemployment rates of young women are more than 10% higher than those of young men.


  • Total donation: 4.5 million Swedish krona
  • People reached by 2019: 200
  • Partners: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

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