It is very important for one to understand and know themselves when it comes
to making a career choice or choosing career path, either by; searching for
employment, developing a Skill, or furthering your studies, you need to ask these
These questions help in giving you direction of where to go and what you need to develop, enhance your career self.
Start your own Business (ENTREPRENEURSHIP) - is the
development of a business from the ground up, coming up with an idea and turning
it into a profitable business.
There are places and/or institutions where you can acquire the skills you need to set your foot in the labour market. As indicated, the path that you would like to venture into will determine the place where you can acquire the skills. What is critical is that you put on courage and determination to find information.
Information changes things. You may consider visiting some of the following websites:
EXPANDED PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMMES (EPWP) - The EPWP was launched in 2004 and is currently still being implemented. The EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises. The Programme provides an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households in the short to medium-term. EPWP Projects employ workers on a temporary or on-going basis either by government, by contractors, or by other non-governmental organisations under the Ministerial Conditions of Employment for the EPWP or Learnership employment conditions. The EPWP creates work opportunities in four sectors, namely, Infrastructure, Non-State, Environment & Culture and Social.
The Department of Public Works can be contacted for further information on the EPWP. Contact details are available on this link.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR - There are plenty of government opportunities for people without Grade 12. These opportunities are advertised on the Department of Public Service Administration on a fortnightly basis.
LEARNERSHIPS - A Learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, hairdressing or project management. There are learnerships for people without Grade 12.
You can contact the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) to check if they have learnerships that do not require Grade 12. A list of SETAs and their contact details is available on this link.
VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - The academic route is not the only pathway to realise your career aspirations. There are vocational opportunities available.
VOLUNTARY OPPORTUNITIES - The National
Department of Social Development registers Non-Profit Organizations and there is a
database of all registered NPOs available on the website. Many NGOs have
voluntary opportunities. Unemployed youth can consider these opportunities as a
launch pad for career development and skills acquisition. The youth can be
encouraged to contact NGOs in their communities to enquire about voluntary
opportunities and express their interest in such opportunities.
Voluntary opportunities pave ways for future employment. Click on this link to access information on registered NPOs per province. Following are some of the useful links:
POST SCHOOL OPTIONS
Apprenticeship: The apprenticeship
system is a formal training approach, combining classroom instruction and on the
job training, through which a learner can become a recognised artisan within a
technical field (trade) such as- welding, plumbing, fitting, mechanic and electrician.
Learners accepted on an apprenticeship are required to pass the relevant modular and phase tests, as well as a final trade test to be recognised as a qualified artisan. During the apprenticeship the learner will also be require to gain practical experience through working closely with a qualified and experienced artisan/s.
Internship: is a structured training programme that seeks to provide unemployed youth graduates and student interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience in the real work environment.
The purpose of the programme is to provide the young graduates access to workplace skills training to improve their employment opportunities both within and outside the Public Service. At the start of the internship, an intern is allocated a mentor to support and coach him/her throughout the programme. Upon completion of the programme, the host employer may decide whether to absorb the intern into the organisation or not.
The South African higher education system looks like the following:
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING
Different institutions have different admission requirements. Additionally, different qualifications have different admission requirements. Therefore, if you wish to study and /or articulate you need to familiarise yourself with the admission requirements for the qualification/course/programme and the institutional requirements.
Once you are aware of what you have it should be convenient to identify opportunities available for you.
For further information contact the institution through which you wish to further your studies.
Sometimes it happens that your aspiration is met with a financial challenge. In
which case, you should be on the lookout for available financial assistance. There
are different forms of funding opportunities. See the list and descriptions below:
Definitions of employability skills abound. The basic definition is: the skills that you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the workplace-whether you are self-employed or working for others.
Being unemployed is not always necessarily due to lack of employment opportunities. It is also due to skills associated with or required for obtaining and retaining an employment opportunity.
To learn more click on this link.