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Youth Dreams of Education and Career Opportunities

Here are a few tips for enthusiastic youth who want to qualify but may not have the funds.

If you’re still in school, use this advice to reach your dreams.

At KeepClimbing, we are dedicated to connecting youth and job seekers to opportunities that help fulfil their youth dreams.

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Are Qualifications Important?

They are, but so is attitude! Don’t let money stand in your way.


Planning your future is scary when the options seem few or very mysterious!

Youth shouldn’t have to worry about their future prospects and where the money will come from to get them started correctly.

Money, let’s face it, is hard to get.

No Money To Study?

Bursaries and scholarships can help you enter a TVET college if you meet their means test. Choose your subject packages carefully in Grade 10, but no matter what you choose, be prepared to get your marks as high as possible.

Contact your ward Councillor (the person elected by the community to represent them).

If you are in Grade 10, ask if you can be an intern during your holidays. You want to build a relationship with them.

Adults love youth who admire them, so charm them so they help you fulfil your dreams.  :)

Don’t contact them simply to ask if they have bursaries.

They probably won’t!

But if you get a relationship started in G10, by the time you’re in G12, you’ll have given them a million reasons to want to assist you.

Councillors have access to businesses, NGOs and many people who would be willing to help someone referred by them. 

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If you have parents employed by large companies, research these firms and check on their CSI programmes.

(CSI: Corporate Social Investment)

Request a meeting with the person in charge.

Ask to be their intern, show your latest report, and ask the CSI manager to be your mentor.

Remember you are there to start building a relationship with an adult who can hopefully help you on the journey towards your dreams.

If you are in Grade 12, follow the same advice and quickly establish relationships with adults who could help you.

Learn and Earn

Learnerships and Apprenticeships are study opportunities for those who are interested in occupational (job/sector-specific) qualifications.

Youth have many options to find Learnerships

  1. Find private or public TVET colleges that offer learnerships and apprenticeships in the fields you’re interested in.
  2. Learnerships and apprenticeships are coordinated by SETAs. Check their websites and follow the SETAs that represent the industries you are interested in. Find them on social media.
  3. Search for learnerships on the internet and explore different platforms where employers advertise.

SETAs accredit training providers to offer these qualifications in partnership with businesses. These businesses receive BEE Points and tax rebates for offering these opportunities but they often exploit the youth and pay them extremely badly.

Youth are advised to complete learnerships and apprenticeships at private colleges that can provide both training and work experience. It’s better to earn low or even nothing to be at a college, rather than exploited at a business.

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Lists of job training qualifications across all industries to keep a look out for:

Opportunities for Empowering South African Youth

Empowering South African youth through education and skill development is key to fighting unemployment and inequality.

Many programs are designed to help young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their youth dreams and succeed in life.

Unlock Your Youth Dreams with Education and Skill Development Programs

One great program is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

NSFAS provides financial aid to students who can’t afford to go to college.

By making higher education more accessible, NSFAS helps students from poor backgrounds achieve their youth dreams by pursuing degrees that lead to better job opportunities.

Another helpful program is the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

TVET colleges focus on teaching practical and vocational skills in fields like engineering, healthcare, and information technology.

These colleges offer courses that match what industries need, ensuring graduates have useful and employable skills.

For instance, students from TVET programs in fields like electrical engineering often find jobs quickly because skilled tradespeople are in high demand.

Additionally, the Youth Employment Service (YES) is a program that creates job opportunities and work experiences for young people.

YES partners with businesses to offer one-year work placements for unemployed youth, giving them hands-on experience and training. This helps young people build their resumes and boosts their confidence and professional networks.

Programmes to Support Youth Dreams: But Watch for Exploitation

Many participants in the YES program secure permanent jobs after their placements, helping them achieve their youth dreams.

These programs are successful because they produce positive outcomes. For example, the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator has connected over 100,000 young people to job opportunities.

By understanding employers’ needs, Harambee helps young people develop the skills required for specific jobs, improving their chances of long-term employment and realizing their youth dreams.

The problem we have with these government youth programmes is that they are not transparent about youth pay.

How Learnerships and Apprenticeships Can Help You Achieve Your Youth Dreams

Learnerships and apprenticeships offer practical pathways to achieving your youth dreams.

These programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job training, giving participants both the knowledge and experience needed to excel in their chosen fields.

Learnerships are structured programs that lead to a qualification registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

They are linked to specific jobs and industries, ensuring learners gain skills that are in demand. For example, a learnership in information technology might include coursework in computer programming and hands-on experience at a tech company.

This mix of education and experience makes learnership graduates highly attractive to employers.

Apprenticeships focus on trades and technical skills, such as plumbing, carpentry, and electrical work.

Apprentices work under the supervision of experienced tradespeople while also attending training sessions.

This dual approach ensures apprentices develop both practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed in their trade.

Upon completion, apprentices often receive certifications that enhance their employability, helping them achieve their youth dreams.

These programs benefit both participants and employers.

For young people, they provide a clear path to employment, reduce time spent unemployed, and help them gain confidence and independence.

They also allow participants to earn a stipend while learning, making it easier for them to support themselves and their families.

For employers, these programs offer access to a pool of skilled and motivated individuals trained according to industry standards.

Companies can tailor the training to meet their specific needs, ensuring new hires are well-prepared for their roles.

Additionally, businesses that participate in learnerships and apprenticeships can benefit from various government incentives and tax breaks, making it a cost-effective way to build a skilled workforce.

In conclusion, education and skill development programs, along with learnerships and apprenticeships, play a vital role in helping South African youth achieve their youth dreams.

By providing young people with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed, these initiatives help create a more skilled, confident, and employable workforce, contributing to the country’s growth and stability.

Leonie Hall

Leonie Hall, disruptive thinker and dynamic strategist, is an expert in education, development, quality management and innovation. She has spoken at local and international conferences; and currently works as an independent consultant and content developer. Contact Leonie for a consultation.

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Free Youth Dreams of Education and Income: Jobs for Money