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Envisaging skilled futures for South African youth

18 June 2019
12:00 - 15:00

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019     
Time:  12h00  – 15:00
Venues: Video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban | Livestream via Vidyo

Opening remarks:
Paul Noumba Um, World Bank Country Director for South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Aleksandra Posarac, World Bank
The World Bank Human Capital Index as a tool for understanding the challenges

Mike Rogan, Neil Aggett, Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), Rhodes University
What does new research tell us about young peoples’ transitions to the workplace?

Angelique Wildschut, National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
The changing nature of work and the demand for skills

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Youth Employment Services
Hersheela Narsee, Department of Higher Education

Dr Glenda Kruss, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) programme, HSRC

Presentations are available for download below:

Youth unemployment is a growing global phenomenon, but in South Africa, 55% of youth are likely to be unemployed. To shift these conditions requires coordinated action on multiple fronts. The dialogue aims to ignite a conversation to inform new strategies. It draws on recent research efforts to stimulate discussion. The HSRC has recently published two studies: the first focuses on how training and education play critical roles in helping young people escape poverty and unemployment; and the second, on how actors in the education field respond to the changing skills demands of the future. At the same time, the World Bank has undertaken a benchmarking exercise with a Human Capital Index, which quantifies the contribution of health and education to the productivity of the next generation of workers. For South Africa, it shows a significant gap between years spent in school and actual learning outcomes.

Three questions will guide the dialogue discussion:

  • What is the amount of human capital that a child born today can expect to attain by age 18, given the risks of poor health and poor education that prevail in the country?
  • How can we improve young people’s transitions through post-school education and training, and into the labor market?
  • What kind of skills planning, and development do we need for the future of South African youth?

Kindly RSVP by 17 June 2019

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E:
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E:
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E: 

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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