When we discuss the current issues in South Africa often, we mention the unemployment rate, the level of education, the skills shortage- the list can go on and on, it’s disheartening. All these issues have been identified yet not much is done to try address them. The grants many receive only brings in +- R 400 rand to their income. How can we help those who need to rely on the government to survive?
There has been a clear undeniable relationship between the poverty level in relation to a person’s level of education. Usually the higher a person’s qualification the more likely they are to be absorbed into the formal labour force. How can your organization aid this predicament. At Edge we have noted this education/skills gap and address the commonly marginalized and underprivileged through the learnerships, skills programmes and short courses we offer. This is done through the SETA of the organizations that work with us- so that not just the individuals who have been put on the learnership benefit with the up skilling but the organization also gets BEE benefits as well as tax rebates for the individuals who are put on learnerships. In the time these individuals earn a stipend as well as upskill themselves- a great opportunity to create more opportunities for people trying to make the best out of their circumstances.