Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is an organization that connects employers seeking entry level workers to first-time work seekers. Harambe acts as a network; they look for entry level opportunities for young people and help place them. They also have a bridging program where they try to stimulate work experience in these young people for free.
Talking to John Robbie, the Chief operations officer of Harambee, Jackie Williams said that the organisation came about because they found that in South Africa there’s a big disconnect between employers and how they are filling their entry level positions and they believe that the matriculants should be skilled enough to fill in entry level positions in companies.
The organisation was initiated in 2011 and so far they have managed to place over 11 000 first time job seekers across the country. Their goal for 2015 is to place 10 000 young people.
In South Africa we have a lot of matriculants with a lot of potential and if we can give them an experience of what it would feel like in the workplace and fill some of the functional gaps, we know that they will succeed in the workplace
This article first appeared on 702 : Harambee - a youth programme that seeks to reduce unemployment in South Africa