High-value Skills Development
We recognise that young people, even if they are unemployed, have huge potential. We identify high-value career paths, and support young people to access them through free online learning, paid learnerships and internships, and work experience at top employers.
The problem we're solving
Education isn't keeping up with change and youth bear the brunt of it. Too many young people don't realise their potential. They are either unemployed (shockingly around 50% in our home country, South Africa) or underemployed (stuck behind cash registers or in call centres). Current education is too slow, expensive, uninspiring, siloed, and increasingly irrelevant for future careers.
The current narrative of poor education un(der)employment, inequality, and social unrest must change. Young people need access to education and careers which support them to create value. We've been working with youth since 2009 to learn about this problem and find better solutions.
We believe most young people learn best on the job. Our learnerships and internships are based in a real working environment, 9-5pm, five days a week. Full-time, seasoned industry professionals, act as managers and mentors. We’ve learned that the closer our working environment matches that of the future employers, the more likely our recruits are to succeed. We’re continuously evolving to be more human-centred and Agile.
High-impact: 80% of our recruits secure high-value careers.
Quick: 12 months to completion, including work experience and a formal qualification.
Free: Study fees paid by employers.
Paid: Employers also pay each recruit a monthly stipend.
Practical: On-the-job training from real managers, not lectures.
Holistic: Housing programme, peer mentoring, active alumni events and network, content publishing platforms.
Demand-driven: Continuously evolving to recruits and employers needs.
Accredited: Offering a national certificate to our graduates.
A critical component of our talent pipeline! Our online learning platform delivers technical skills training to all our applicants, and allows us to select the best talent for our learnerships. Our goal is to improve access to credible skills training for all applicants regardless of whether they join Umuzi or not.
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