Organization of Cape Town on a mission to hire young people
Applicants receiving their certificates after the end of their course
- YoungPeople @ Work is an organization that helps make unemployed young people âemployableâ.
- TThe organization was founded in 2012 and has already helped thousands of people.
- Youth at work tscrolls outside Cape Town and also covers rural areas.
With the aim of making young people “employable”, the non-profit company YoungPeople @ Work (YP @ W) has a mission to help unemployed young people and give them free life skills training.
Jene-Lee Kamfer, 25, was unemployed for three years before joining YP @ W.
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âAttending the workshops empowered me. I attended the four days of computer training, the free workshop and learned a lot about computers, the disadvantages and advantages of computers, file management , application programs. [and] print our own resume templates, âshe said.
Kamfer added that she also learned about bookkeeping, petty cash management, receipts and financial statements, and the importance of office administration.
After completing her course, she began an internship at Cape Peninsula of Technology University, where she was able to put all her knowledge to use.
Director of Operations Shirley de Jongh said, “Our main goal is to educate young people about employment opportunities available to them in the community.”
âPrevious generations have never had these kinds of opportunities and that is why the organization encourages people to take the opportunity,â said De Jongh.
According to De Jong, unemployed youth still need to work on themselves and introspect to find out what excites them and what they want for their future. That’s what YP @ W is, she adds.
The organization offers a variety of weekly programs including programs on life skills, basic office administration, professional job search skills, customer relations, effective money management and personal development.
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âMost of our programs are free and open to the unemployed and employees. It can also be done from the comfort of your home thanks to Covid-19,â added De Jongh.
However, the six-week basic computer literacy course at the organization’s Parow training center is not free, she said.
âWe had to charge for our computer course because PC maintenance is quite expensive,â she added.
candidates participating in computer programs at YP @ W
Once participants complete a program, they receive a certificate of completion.
The organization said the Covid-19 pandemic had prompted it to divide each program so that the groups were smaller.
The organization moves outside Cape Town and also covers rural areas.
YP @ W is funded by the Youth Development Program of the Department of Social Development to provide services in the Cape Town Metro.
The ministry said: “As Youth Month approaches, we recognize and celebrate the work done by all of our NGO partners working in this space.”