Through our Reducing the Skills Gap partnership project with Newcastle University Business School our regional development officer Neil Burke recently returned from a visit to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to visit Siya Sebenza.
Siya Sebenza is a non-profit organisation that works with young unemployed people delivering their WORK 4 A LIVING programme in areas of high poverty. Young people are taught how to work with excellence, start businesses, and help themselves career wise. Upon completion of the programme, young people are encouraged and supported to start their own business, find employment, develop their skills, or access further education.
The purpose of the visit was to develop new learning from the WORK 4 A LIVING programme and gain an insight into the challenges young people face in finding employment in South Africa. Youth Focus: North East will now be working on developing a partnership with Siya Sebenza to explore how Reducing the Skills Gap and WORK 4 A LIVING can be brought together to collectively support unemployed young people in the North East of England.
For more information about the WORK 4 A LIVING project or Siya Sebenza, please visit their website.