New Year, new beginnings

It’s a new year with new opportunities for thirty-year-old Londiwe Nxumalo from Dube in Soweto who found work at the Dove’s Group as an intern through Lulaway.

Londiwe was placed on an experiential work programme which is stipend based in January 2017.

“I was unemployed for a year and a half before I found this job. I’m very grateful because we all have to start somewhere and I can use this chance to prove myself and build my resume,” she said.

Introducing Lulalab

The Lulalab Early Employment Support programme (“EES”), an affiliate of Lulaway, addresses some of the most pressing obstacles barring young job-seekers from charting successful pathways into the economy, social advancement and supporting their families’ livelihood.

Research has shown that the majority of entry level employees lack the soft skills required to not only secure a job but also to use the opportunity to further their employability. Lulalab was conceived to address this challenge, in the unique context of the South African economy.

Through this programme, entry-level candidates are provided with employment mentorship and coaching as well as a variety of other financial and non-financial incentives and interventions for the first 12 months of work.

“Research indicates that entry-level job seekers have an 85% chance of being employed for life if they can keep their jobs for the first 12 months. In so doing a candidate also grows their skills set, experience, reference list and earning potential, the impact this can have on the South African economy is infinite,” said Bernard Balkin, Lulalab Project Director. “For business Lulalab presents an opportunity to increase retention rates, reduce costs associated with high attrition and provides readily available feedback on a multitude of issues that may be impacting your business’s productivity.”

Thousands of Job Seekers register for free at Gauteng Youth Expo

(As appeared on BDLive on 11 June 2015)

THE Gauteng Youth Expo, organised by the provincial government, opened at Nasrec this week as part of the government’s drive to tackle the high rate of unemployment among young people and to mark Youth Month.

More than half of 15-to 24-year-olds in SA are jobless, according to statistics from Good Governance Africa (GGA).

The expo features career exhibitions by government departments, state-owned and large private companies and small to medium enterprises.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to make an appearance at the expo on Youth Day on Tuesday next week.

The busiest of the stalls was Lulaway, a government partner in the recruitment and selection of unemployed youth, as well as Tshepo 500 000, which aims to “make ready a specific number of the unemployed youth, women and people with disabilities for government projects”.

SA has the worst youth unemployment rate on the continent, with 52.6% of its youth unemployed, according to GGA. Unemployment increased to 26.4% in the first three months of 2015 from 24.3% in the previous quarter. It is the highest rate since 2005, according to Statistics SA.

Large numbers of students were bussed in from campuses as far afield as Soshanguve and Centurion to attend the expo. But the slots scheduled to engage the youth in dialogue — with speakers such as Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga; Vice-Chancellor of Wits University Prof Adam Habib; MEC Barbara Creecy and Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa — were cancelled, without any reason given.

Many of the visitors to the expo said they were there to find employment, bursaries or study opportunities. Several of those interviewed believed the expo showed the government was addressing the unemployment issue.

“I have collected so much useful information. I now know where to go and how to apply for bursaries from government,” said Nhlanhla Malinga.

Democratic Alliance MPL Ashor Sarupen, however, said the government needed to improve the education system to reduce the high levels of unemployment rather than holding “talkshops”.

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Lulaway partners with Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

Lulaway is proud to announce our recent partnerships with the Siyafunda Community Technology Centres. Several Lulaway Job Centres will be established in conjunction with Siyafunda, and we envision a long, successful partnership with these great organisations.

Lulaway is proud to announce its recent partnership with Siyafunda Community Technology Centre. Siyafunda Community Technology Centre is committed to the critical development of scarce ICT skills which are desperately needed in both the public & private sector. As the first ICT NGO to bring SAP ERP training in townships and rural South Africa, the foundation offers opportunities that were not previously accessible to black communities due to price, knowledge and distance. Bright youngsters from previously disadvantaged communities do not have to pay any money but are sponsored and supported by companies.

Lulaway offers Siyafunda Community Technology Centre a sophisticated & streamlined system to store trainees profiles and allow access to employers in a central manner. Each Siyafunda Community Technology Centre training site will be equipped with a Lulaway job centre. The result of establishing Lulaway Job Centres will allow for an easy and attractive method for employers to offer job opportunities to these talented youth.

In addition, Lulaway has recently partnered with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of the Gauteng East Rand. This new youth work placement initiative will incentivise corporates through the joint vision of Lulaway and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. We take this opportunity to thank all our partners for their support of the crucial work undertaken by Lulaway in addressing the unemployment crisis in South Africa.

Premier of Gauteng launches Tshepo 500 000

Tshepo 500 000 – New hope for unemployed youth of Gauteng

The Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, launched his new initiative, Tshepo 500 000 in a well attended event in Ivory Park last Thursday, December 11th 2014. This initiative aims to provide 500 000 unemployed youth with employment opportunities within the next 5 years.These opportunities will comprise of jobs within the private sector and public sector, internships and entrepreneurial opportunities.

At the event, attendees were directed to register onm the Lulaway platform in order to utilise the existing Job Centre infrastructure to reach the unemployed youth throughout the province

The Department of Infrasructure and Development is in charge of rolling out this initiative and will be working closely with Lulaway to identify the skills and skills shortages in the unemployed youth in Gauteng and subsequently match job seekers with opportunities that are relevant to their skills sets, as well as offer up-skilling programs for those lacking employable skills.

See video below of the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, speaking more at length about this exciting and ambitious initiative