This is a Youth Empowerment Project that will help young people with skills to start their own small businesses and give them skills to be able to successfully break into the world of work. The focus group for our project is youth between the ages of 18 - 35. These displaced young people live in sheltered communities and would otherwise be given to alcohol and/or substance abuse. A confirmed group of 90 young people on completion of the skills training will receive NQF Level 3 certificate.
The challenge is that the country is facing over 37% of youth unemployment which therefore creates a need for technical skills backed by entrepreneurship. Young people between the ages of 18 -35 years old are the most affected. Without the intervention of a program like skills development, the age group described above is at risk of engaging in drug and alcohol abuse because of being idle. It also becomes difficult for the job market to absorb unskilled youth.
Part of the curriculum in this training is that trainees will be sent to different Furniture and Cabinet manufacturing companies to do practical work and in turn gain experience which gives them a chance of being retained by those companies when they complete the training. The project will also provide them with Job readiness training.
Some of the long-term effects of the project are: 1. On successful completion of the training, beneficiaries will be financially independent and less reliant on our food program. 2. Those who choose to be entrepreneurs will have the capability to employ one or two other young people. 3. Those who gain financial independence, will then be listed under our alumni program and become sponsors of Johannesburg Federation Meals on Wheels.