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02-05-2016 ....News Update 23
Hello. Calvin here. Every day the news tells us about SA's political crisis and then the drought crisis, but the one that affects me the most as a parent is the YOUTH JOB crisis......
I am sure you know of a family member who is in his/her 20's who has attained a matric or even went to college, but still do not have a full-time career but is stuck in some temporary job that they always complain about. AND still you find parents saying "you are lucky to have a job" as if this is the dream they had for the future of their child.
Sound familiar, then let me tell you more...maybe I have the solution which we can agree on and if we do, then I need your prayers and support.....
But first let me put you in the picture. On the diagram above, I have scanned some stats published in this weekend's Sunday Times (24 April 2016) which reveals that SA's youth unemployment rate is up from 34.2% (2009) to 35.9% (2014). Yes, more and more young people cannot find jobs and the numbers are increasing year by year. If you look carefully, you will also notice that an average of 30% graduates are also unemployed in certain metros.This is shocking!
So having taught at 3 big colleges since 2010 on a contract basis I have seen the problem first-hand....there is too much emphasis on achieving a "recognised diploma/degree" as if it is a guarentee of a career in a large established corporate company AND besides parents having to "over-pay" for education, there is hardly NO PRACTICAL experience that students
gain.....in the USA and EUROPE internships is the order of the day, because it helps students implement what they have learned and so become more competent and valued in the workplace.
offer internships but in reality it is "down played" and students usually end up in the "filing dept" to log in their required hours to qualify for their college degree. In the end students suffer (no experience) and parents suffer (working hard to pay for fees).
Having twins of my own who recently turned 18 years and having first
hand experience of SA's "pathetic" and troubling education system, I have decided to do something about it.
WHY? Because I don't want my children to just have a JOB, I want them to have a CAREER, meaning that they must explore their talents/interests and carve out a path and vision for their future where they don't need a university degree to achieve their career goals.
I want them to have the best skills and wider abilities that would serve them well in their careers AND then I want them to have the skills of an entrepreneur early in their lives so that they can turn their skills into a
viable business for themselves.
Example: Should my son want to be an architect....then he should get the skills practically by doing a cousre that offers a REAL internship at an architectural firm and then work for the best architects in Cape Town. This would be made possible through a recommendation letter from the owner from his internship company.
He should also do many other short business/ entrepreneurship courses to enable him to gain the knowledge/skills to open his own small construction firm before the age of 30. This way my son will not only be career-orientated and business focused, but will never have to be a job-
seeker again...but will instead become a JOB-CREATOR.
This I believe is the solution and that is why I have started a college this year which focuses on the importance of SKILLS (by offering computer software and design skills like AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop) and then doing proper INTERNSHIPS (through my Academy Internship programme) while at the same time my students learn the skills to become an enterpreneur one day.
I am encouraging all my students to think about ENTREPRENEURSHIP as a career and to see themselves as business owners in the future.
As you know I have started an entrepreneurship college this year. Please recommend and inform more parents of my unique offer that can help SA's unemployed youth. Find out more from my webpage here...