‘Job prospects are bleak’gershwin

2011-01-08 19:11

Job prospects for matriculants are bleaker than they were four years ago, according to Michael Cosser, chief research specialist at the Human
Science Research Council.

When Cosser did his research into the 2.8 million youths termed “Not in Education, Employment or Training” and the matric class of 2005, he found that at the end of 2006 only 21% of those matriculants who entered the job market got employed.

It would be even worse for this year’s matrics, he said: 2006 was a boom time for the economy.Cosser, a specialist in education and skills development, said trade union Solidarity’s claim that six out of 10 matrics would not find employment was optimistic, as the economic recession made fewer jobs available.

This applied to last year as well.

Pupils who scraped through with an ordinary matric pass have slim prospects of landing a job.

If they are fortunate they will find positions as clerks or security guards, or work in low-level jobs in the retail or hospitality industries.

“They lack high-level skills or experience to land jobs in any of the professions.“They won’t even be first or entry-level professionals,” he said.

“But those with ordinary passes should not despair – they can still go to FET (further education and training) colleges, get an apprenticeship, or be artisans.”

Cosser said he was in favour of FET colleges, but that they needed to include courses that were above matric level – and they
needed to be marketed as an alternative post-matric pathway for pupils.

Rescue plan on the cards for varsity rejects

If university doors have been slammed shut on you because of low maths and science symbols, help is on the way.

Next year, the higher education and training department will introduce a programme at further education and training (FET) colleges to assist affected pupils to upgrade their symbols.

Percy Moleke, the department’s deputy director-general for skills ­development, said the initial focus of the programme would be on maths and science.

She said: “We can add languages because many young people struggle with that.

But it won’t be limited to English.

“It was a total waste of talent that matriculants with some kind of maths and science pass were rejected by universities.”

Moleke said the department would this year expand the FET sector with more colleges offering post-matric courses (N4 up to N6 qualifications) .

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