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07/07/2021

Melinda Cookson – Bridging the employment divide

Many companies in South Africa continue to trade out of a hard lockdown implemented in March 2020. As a national staffing company at the coal face of placing people into a variety of positions within various sectors of the South African economy, key roles continue to be filled with experienced and skilled people.

Whilst some companies continue to offer graduates entry level positions as part of their learnership programmes, so much more still needs to be done in this area.

The burden of unemployment is also concentrated amongst the youth as they account for 59.5% of the total number of unemployed persons of which graduates unemployment rate was 40.3%. Some of these young people have become discouraged from participating in the labour market and they are also not building on their skills base through education and training – they are not in employment, education or training (NEET), (According to: Quarterly Labour Force Survey of 2021).

Pro Bono Graduate Programme
In the midst of 2020, Futurelink embarked on an initiative to bridge the gap between graduates and industry. Our goal was to help this country’s graduates find a foot hold in the employment arena to give them valuable practical experience within their specific area of learning and to simultaneously offer industry access to a resource of interviewed, highly capable, resilient, and intelligent young graduates without having to pay exorbitant salaries. Futurelink is offering this service to industry for FREE. The clients we have partnered with have found the investment of their time in upskilling and developing these graduates a worthy investment.

For more information on our Pro Bono Graduate Programme please email:
Natalieharvey@futurelink.co.za

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