High costs of finding employment hinder SA's youth from attending interviews

Youth make up the largest number of South Africa's high unemployment figures. Yet a growing number of young people are discouraged from applying for jobs as they struggle to afford the high costs involved, like transport to get to interviews.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to researcher at the Centre for Social Development in Africa, Zoheb Kahn, about avenues that both prospective employers and jobseekers should consider.

His research looked the experiences of employed and unemployed youth and jobseeking (aged between 18 and 25 years) in South Africa's 5 provinces.

Listen to the interview below:

Zoheb argued that when prospective employers request interviews with candidates, should consider providing transport allowance.

Many employers don't consider what the lived experiences of young people is like in South Africa.

Zoheb Kahn, Centre for Social Development in Africa

There are more than 800 000 young work seekers in the 18 to 25 year age bracket have become discouraged have stopped looking for work completely.

Zoheb Kahn, Centre for Social Development in Africa

This article first appeared on 702 : High costs of finding employment hinder SA's youth from attending interviews


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