Job organisation for unemployed youth

2019-03-12 06:01

A job advocacy organisation for young people Organising for Work (OFW) has called on all unemployed youth in Kensington, Factreton and surrounding areas to join their new branch.

The branch was launched on Tuesday 5 March at the Kensington Library and young people came in numbers to find out what the programme was about.

In the past six months, 100 members from the Langa branch of OFW have employed through the organisation.

OFW’s mission is to “Improve your chances of finding work”.

“We are advocating with the employers who hire our members and more broadly for a recruitment friendliness standard that we believe would help conduct discouragement of the unemployed while also addressing staff turnover,” read a statement on their website.

These recommendations arise directly from OFW’s members’ daily experience.

“They create discouragement because of the cost and effort in repetitive speculative applications,” the statement read further.

Unemployed individuals are expected to go through pre-assessments through a free USSD questionnaire and through community organisations in the recruitment areas. They are also required to supply digital versions of ID, bank and SARS statement until they are hired.

“Sometimes candidates travel speculatively to store to ask if they are hiring. A well-known free USSD number and questionnaire might also help find excellent candidates – including persons with disabilities.”

People seeking employment often have to copy and certify documents before knowing they are hired.

Copies often cost about R1.50 each at the cheapest internet café and copy shops that are often not near the individual’s homes.

The organisation is anticipating 16 million jobs and a fully working society with a labour absorption rate of that similar to Thailand and Germany, which is between 75 and 80 percent.

“Many of our suggestions are costly and some are hard. As such we have suggestions to fund them from changes to current budget allocation, new revenue, and borrowing. Since developmental infrastructure, particularly in townships and poorer areas, returns far more than invested, public debt for such projects should be an easy choice.”V For more information visit www.ofw.org.za

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