INTRODUCTION

GetSet-4IR is an ecosystem initiative implemented by Impact Amplifier (IA), and supported by Google.org, to accelerate innovations addressing the supply and demand gaps for digital-skills in South Africa. Digital skills training and employment have consistently been put forward as a viable solution to address youth unemployment on the African continent. Partly due to growing demand, but equally because basic digital literacy has become the bare minimum requirement in most labour markets.

    CONTEXT

    The labour markets in South Africa are in a state of severe market failure, and interventions carried out to date by the numerous stakeholders have failed to restore equilibrium to the market. It is also no longer viable for employers to rely solely on traditional sources of supply, such as universities, to meet the fast pace of technological development impacting most sectors. This is particularly relevant to the digital skills supply and demand segment where the demand for digital-skills talent in South Africa significantly outstrips the supply available and the existing pipeline of digital-skills talent does not meet corporate requirements e.g. skill level, cultural fit.

    The limited digital skills talent pool leads to offshore resourcing and creates an ecosystem gap that stifles the productive capacity of the economy. In addition, ongoing needs assessments, insufficient communication and relationship building between supply and demand means Digital Skills training programmes are not demand-led or informed by employer requirements. There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between supply and demand to accelerate digitisation and to ensure sustainable and meaningful employment for the youth of South Africa.

    OBJECTIVE

    We are actively engaging with digital ecosystem actors, leaders, players and thinkers in sourcing the best ideas and innovations for linking low-skilled youth to entry-level positions. Stakeholders will ideally be able to contribute in providing ideas for opportunities that require short-training periods, have widespread sector and geographic application, strong outsourcing potential and result in a year or more of full-time contracted employment. The ideas may be insourced, outsourced or in the freelance/gig economy across multiple job families (creative, technical, analytical etc.) – but ultimately provide an opportunity for low-skilled and marginalized youth to access a career pathway in the digital-skills economy.

    OUTCOME

    Through the course of the project, we aim to:

    Select and develop a minimum of eight (8) Program Beneficiaries that work directly with providing digital skills training and work placements for young people or are employers. IA will help align their hiring procedure to drive inclusivity while matching opportunities to the skills that the Programme Beneficiaries are learning. In addition, emphasis will be placed on broad skills development inclusive of softer and technical skills.

    Equip at least 400 Program Beneficiaries with digital / soft skills and secure permanent work and/or full-time ‘sustainable’ jobs with average incomes above R6k per month for at least 25% of the Programme Beneficiaries within 18 months of the Programme’s commencement.

    ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

    We are actively engaging with digital ecosystem actors, leaders, players and thinkers in sourcing the best ideas and innovations for linking low-skilled youth to entry-level positions. Stakeholders will ideally be able to contribute.

    NEWS & UPDATES

    We are actively engaging with digital ecosystem actors, leaders, players and thinkers in sourcing the best ideas and innovations for linking low-skilled youth to entry-level positions. Stakeholders will ideally be able to contribute.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO?

    For any other queries, get in touch by sending a mail to: cameron@impactamplifier.co.za or click the button below.