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Partnership to deliver youth job skills


PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango

Johannesburg – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Unicef South Africa have announced details of local collaboration to help prepare young people with relevant skills to enter the workforce.

This is part of a three-year global collaboration between PwC Africa and Unicef in support of Generation Unlimited, a multi-sector partnership aimed at helping 1.8 billion young people transition from school to work by 2030.

The collaboration will support young people who are currently outside the workforce to develop the requisite 21st century skills to gain entry into the job market and to become entrepreneurs in the fourth industrial revolution.

PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango says this is a critical time for the business community, educators, government and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of young people.

“Our collaboration with Unicef will expose young people to diverse digital skills and broaden their knowledge for the future workplace. Together we can make a difference by helping uplift and prepare the youth for tomorrow’s new workforce,” Shango adds.

Unicef South Africa deputy representative Muriel Mafico says now is the time to invest in young people.

“This collaboration with PwC is vital to help provide digital and transferable skills that young people have identified as being critical for their prosperity,” she adds.

The South African collaboration will provide a specific focus on girls and young women who often miss out on developing ICT skills. Only 23 percent of tech jobs are held by women globally, according to Unesco, and this inequality is mirrored in South Africa.

PwC Africa will improve young people and employers’ access to information and services about learning opportunities through a new data management platform; bolster the Techno Girls and Naspers Labs programmes, supported by Unicef, to expand opportunities for young girls to access science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEM) related skills and work opportunities.