About Us - Youth Capital

About Us

Youth Capital is a youth-led campaign with an Action Plan that combines data with young people’s lived stories to shift gears on youth unemployment. We believe in a South Africa where every young person has the skills and opportunity to get their first decent job. If we, as young people, connect our experience, skills and ideas, with the research and decision-makers that drive large-scale change, we can really shift gears and change the story of youth employment.

Why Youth Capital?

Young South Africans (aged 15- 34) make up just over 36% of the total population of our country. We should be the engine of our economy, society, and democracy. But if we filled the FNB stadium 80 times – it still wouldn’t hold all the young people who are not in education or training or employment.

This is our Action Plan, and we know it’s the only way to turn things around.

Through actions, both big and small, by all South Africans, we can really begin to shift gears for our generation.

#1 Certify Us

We need support to complete our qualifications, and to receive our certificates on time.

#1 Certify Us
#1 Catch Us Up

#2 Catch Us Up

We need a national plan that will support those of us who fall behind to catch up, and those of us who leave the system to re-enter education or training.

#3 Make Us Count

We need our progress to be tracked as we move through education, so that we get targeted support on time.

#3 Make Us Count
#4 Support Us Beyond the Classroom

#4 Support Us Beyond the Classroom

We need wrap-around support that recognises the many factors that make it hard for us to keep learning.

#5 Make Job-Seeking Affordable

We need the costs of job-seeking to come down, and to be given better access to information and resources.

#5 Make Job-Seeking Affordable
#6 Grow Our Circles

#6 Grow Our Circles

We need more connections to the world of work; and for our social networks to be strengthened.

#7 Bridge the Information Gap

We need the information gap between young people and employers to be bridged.

#7 Bridge the Information Gap
#8 All Experience Must Matter

#8 All Experience Must Matter

We need employers to recognise and reward our informal, volunteer and extracurricular experience.

#9 Unlock Public Opportunities

We need more opportunities for employment, and an eased transition into the labour market.

#9 Unlock Public Opportunities
#10 Make Public Employment Work

#10 Make Public Employment Work

We need public employment schemes to create quality jobs that matter.

How are we going to do this?

Youth Capital’s Action Plan comes from extensive dialogues with other young South Africans about their experiences of education and looking for work. We learnt that the road to a first decent job begins on long before a young person starts looking for work. By matching this to the existing research, we created a holistic Action Plan to effectively solve the youth employment crises. The plan has three key focus areas that are central to our path to employment: Education, Transitions and Jobs.

We have to work together to change the status quo. If we act quickly, with a shared commitment and purpose, we can truly tackle the roots of youth employment and create a country where we can all thrive! Adopting our Action Plan will ensure that the whole country works with one, collective focus.

Download ‘Shift’, our annual publication, to find out how we can work together to shift gears on youth unemployment.

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