The plight of unemployed young people in South Africa has become a national problem that requires immediate attention. According to the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) Youth Survey2000, 35% of the South African population is between the ages of 16 and 35. This accounts for approximately 14.4 million people.

Youth in South Africa are defined as the segment of the population that falls

35) account for close to 60% of the working age population. In absolute terms,

of all unemployed persons in South African society. This point is critical, as it

the unemployed. In terms of absolute numbers, of the close to 8 million

these individuals are between the ages of 15-34.

Addressing the Challenge


1 .To provide an intensive enrichment and development programme that provides youth with requisite preparation for the world of work and the business environment.

Project Summary

The FET College will provide accredited training leading to a recognised exit level N1, N2 or N3 qualification in one of the following trades: Support, training and development will be given to FET lecturers to enhance programme delivery and increase output. 

  • Increased capacity of FET colleges to provide quality vocational education
  • Provision of access to industry skills and work placement for FET graduates
  • Induction programmes
  • Personal Development
  • Self-Regulation
  • Financial Management
  • Workplace intelligence

Work Readiness Programme Summary

Work Readiness Program participants :

  •  Identify feasible vocational options based on their own strengths, interests and preferences
  •  Improve workplace communication skills
  • Gain cognitive skills vital for self-control and for developing appropriate social behavior
  • Learn day-to-day problem-solving skills
  • Acquire basic work skills through internship / work experience program
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

·        Information Technology Applications

·        Business and Organization Systems

·        Leadership, Management and Teamwork

·        Ethics and/or Legal Responsibilities

·        Safety, Health and Environment

·        Employability and/or Career Development

Organize activities and create a workable schedule

  • Get to work and appointments using the best form of transportation / route
  • Have a positive attitude toward your work
  • Obtain necessary personal documents: working papers, social security card, drivers license, birth certificate, and pay stubs
  • Open a bank account
  • Establish independent living arrangements

To maintain a competitive edge in the job market you must be organized with a well-developed strategy.

  • Ability to send resume by fax, email and mail
  • Current references that you have maintained contact with
  • Successful interview skills
  • Networking skills
  • Support system to assist in achieving goals
  • Knowledge of employment support services
  • Work Placement

    The Second Chance Foundation has made contact with a number of employers in the Gauteng region who are willing to provide experiential learning for youth in the trades identified above .


    Occupation or profession as they work with the experienced employees in the work place thereby producing qualified personal who have both the theoretical and practical knowledge of their profession.

    Stated aims and objectives

    To provide the un employed youth with opportunities to get Work Place Experiences as they study


    Duration of mentoring          One year

    The Key Elements Of Our Work Placement Programme

    • Buy-In  by management, other participants and key stakeholdersWe will develop clear goals for the programme

    Roles and responsibilities for mentors, mentees and their supervisors

    • Programme Maintenance to assist participants and evaluate progress.

      Recognition events will be put in place for all participating employers and their contributions to the overall progress and success of the program



      • Programme evaluation.If problems arise during the internship, (poor intern attendance, unsatisfactory work, low motivation, etc.) the Workplace Coordinator should be contacted immediately to help resolve the problem. Employers reserve the right to terminate a Work Placement but it should be done only after consultation with the  Workplace Coordinatorne of the most important components of any internship as he/she will have the primary responsibility for supervising the intern. An intern needs to know who his other immediate supervisor is.

        Qualities of successful mentors:

        • Sensitivity to others needs and development
        • Commitment

          The role of the mentor:

          • Be prepared to help the mentee through difficult situations
          • Ensure communications are clear, open and reciprocal
          •  Workplace mentors are critical to the success of quality work-based experiences and work ready learners

Work Readiness And Orientation 

Career Preparation

Prepare oneself for employment

This course is for any learner who needs to prepare for the world of work in terms of career opportunities and to find employment. A learner will be able to:


  •   Demonstrate the ability to apply for employment.
  •   Explore work opportunities in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.
  •   Identify opportunities for own employment
  •   Demonstrate the qualities of a good employee .


Session One


  • Preparing for employment
  • My Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Preparing for the interview
  •  Prepare oneself for employment


Session Two


  • Developing Personal and Communication Skills
  • Verbal and Non-verbal communication
  • Effective communication for interviews and the workplace


Session Three


Workplace Skills 1

  •  Identify personal values and ethics in the workplace
  •  Nature of business, the stakeholders in a business and business profitability
  •  Understand the employer/employee relationship
  •  Identify and discuss inappropriate behaviours in the workplace
  •  Diversity within different relationships in society
  •  Understanding Customer Service
  •  Self-management practices in the workplace


Session Four


Workplace Skills 11

Identify personal values and ethics in the workplace

This course explains values and ethics in the workplace. It is designed to enable a harmonious workplace where people have a better understanding of each other’s value systems and ethics. (2 Days)

A learner will cover the following topics:

  •  Reflect upon a value system
  •  Explore the need for ethics in the workplace
  •  Respect the values of others in the workplace
  •  Identify areas where value conflicts could occur in a specific context


The session consists of the following:

  • The Basic Employment Equity Act
  • The role, rights, contribution and responsibilities of the employee
  • The role, rights, contribution and responsibilities of the employer
  •  Leave
  •  Time management and time keeping
  •  Communication channels, options for resolving problems
  •  Disciplinary and grievance procedures –an introduction
  •  Safety
  •  Employment contracts and their purpose


Session Five and Conclusion

  • Leadership
  • Personal Leadership Development focuses on building life skills and personal leadership skills through the workplace and also through serving the community.