National NPO battles youth unemployment

2017-06-14 06:01

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NATIONAL non-profit organisation (NPO) Harambee is on a mission to change the lives of thousands of young South Africans by helping them get work, highlighted by the fact that Youth Month has arrived.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, which has been around since 2011, recruits candidates that are not reached by existing corporate recruitment networks, assesses their competencies and matches them to jobs where they are most likely to succeed.

The challenges that most young, unemployed South Africans face is the lack of funds to look for work and access to networks which traditionally help young people find work.

Harambee overcomes these challenges by using sourcing teams that go into townships to sign up candidates and by creating a network for young first-time work seekers that connects them with employers looking for entry-level staff.

They deliver high-quality work readiness programmes that directly address the risks identified by employers in taking on first-time workers.

Harambee also services the SME sector, offering SMEs highly subsidised matching fees, post-placement support and a SME Knowledge Centre with a collection of valuable HR, and policy and procedure templates to assist in all areas of people management.

Harambee has offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Philippi, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. They are able to source, screen and assess candidates nationwide with mobile teams.

The NPO is funded through three channels, namely social investment, employer fees and the South African government’s Jobs Fund.

Thus far, the organisation has assessed nearly 300 000 candidates through more than 1 million assessments, helped over 35 000 young South Africans get work and placed over 1 000 young people in SMEs.

There is no fee for candidates to apply to Harambee or to participate in the programmes.

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