Youth employment accelerated

2015-09-30 06:00

AFTER two years of servicing the Eastern Cape through mobile operations, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator has officially opened its doors in the Eastern Cape with a branch in Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, which will serve the province.

In a ceremony featuring South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas and Business Leadership South Africa President Saki Macozoma, the office was opened recently.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator connects employers seeking entry-level talent to young, high-potential work-seekers who are currently locked out of the formal economy. Harambee has placed over 15,000 young people with over 150 of South Africa’s top companies.

Masakhane Mlamla, Harambee’s regional operations manager for the Eastern Cape, said the Eastern Cape will provide an opportunity for Harambee to successfully build solutions that address the needs of both employers and young people in the region.

Mlamla said that Harambee would help to keep strong candidates in the region rather than have them follow the traditional pattern of leaving the Eastern Cape to look for employment. “We would like to contribute to improve retention rates in the Eastern Cape to ensure our talent stays here and contributes to our economy.”

In his keynote address, Deputy Minister Jonas, who was the prior MEC of Economic Development, acknowledged the critical role programmes like Harambee can play in growing private sector job opportunities for young people.

Potential partners in the region are invited to contact Harambee to learn more about successfully matching and bridging young people into the world of work. Learn more at harambee.co.za.

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