Mar 2023 1st edition

Call to remove work experience for entry-level jobs

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated the government’s call to companies, departments and State Owned Entities (SOEs) to remove the work experience requirement for young people seeking entry-level positions.

“We reiterate our call to companies, departments and SOEs to remove the requirement for work experience for young people seeking entry-level positions,” he said.

During his State of the Nation Address (SoNA), President Ramaphosa announced that following last year’s commitment to placing over 10 000 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college graduates in employment, the government has surpassed that figure and has set a target of placing 20 000 TVET college graduates in employment in 2023.

“The number of students entering artisan training in TVET colleges will be increased from 17 000 to 30 000 in the 2023 academic year,” he said.

The President also announced that this year, the National Skills Fund (NSF) will provide R800 million to develop skills in the digital and technology sector through an innovative model that links payment for training to employment outcomes.

“One of the key ingredients for economic growth and competitiveness is the ability to attract skills which the economy needs. Having completed a comprehensive review of the work visa system, we will move quickly to implement the recommendations put forward.”

He said these include establishing a more flexible points-based system to attract skilled immigrants, implementing a trusted employer scheme to make the visa process easier for large investors and streamlining application requirements.

He added that the government will also be introducing a remote worker visa and a special dispensation for high-growth start-ups.

“While the reform programme is underway, we will continue to support public and social employment to provide work to those who need it,” the President said. 

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