Combating Youth Unemployment in KZN 25 July. Contents. Introduction The scale of the problem of youth unemployment Diagnosing youth unemployment Strategic interventions Conclusion. Introduction.
In describing the impact of youth unemployment in North Africa, the ILO unwittingly serves a chilling warning to South Africa.
“The collective frustration of a generation of youth that was granted the opportunity to gain an education but not given the same opportunity to gain decent employment was certainly a contributing factor behind mobilising youth in support of the political protest movements in Bahrain, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia. Consequently, promoting opportunities for decent employment for youth remains firmly fixed among the priority of the interim governments.” (ILO, 2011:5)
Low labour productivity and high risk vis-à-vis high wages
It is important to provide the youth with opportunities to gain work experience. By providing the youth with these opportunities, the cycle of insufficient experience causing unemployment and unemployment causing insufficient experience can be broken.
It is the role of both national and provincial government to make the transition of the youth from studying to working as seamless and easy as possible. In this regard government should look to remove the constraints and impediments to labour market entry for the youth.
This strategy objective focuses on sectors in which the youth can claim to have a comparative advantage, and aims to develop these sectors in such a way as to fully exploit the potential for youth employment creation in them.