This may help to address the present-day situation facing the country, this being that 6,18 million people are currently unemployed.
As of the second quarter of 2017 South Africa’s unemployment rate is at 27,7 per cent, the highest it has been since 2003.
Managing director of Innovative Staffing Solutions, Arnoux Maré shared his opinion of how this problem could be fixed:”This figure can only be reduced through sustainable development, which is underpinned by quality education.”
According to Maré, SA possesses one of the most unequal societies in the world, despite having the second largest economy in Africa. This can be substantiated if one looks at Gini Index estimates released by the World Bank as well as research done by Statistics South Africa.
Maré indicated that the education system is not helping the matter:
“The situation is worsened by our education system, which is characterised by a high dropout rate among high school learners, and a curriculum that does not imbue learners with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to enter the job market.”
This situation is not likely to improve with the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, which will require a different set of skills from the workforce.
In response to this, Maré suggested that companies should outsource their skills requirements to organisations which handle workforce requirements for their clients:
“This is a powerful way in which corporate South Africa can help address the skills shortage. If employers no longer require the services of the outsourced staff members, said staff will not find themselves out of work.They will be placed at another employer or upskilled for a different opportunity. This makes for a sustainable workforce that is assured of continued employment coupled with acquiring new, and often more relevant, skills. By moving them into new roles, opportunities are thus created for more people to enter the job market and to further benefit from improved proficiency.”