We had an interview with Babalwa Bobo and Charnelle Pluim from Ava-Africa.
AVA, initiated by Action Appointments Development Recruitment, an agency with almost 20 years’ experience placing development professionals into South African NGOs, was set up to provide one practical solution to the systemic unemployment facing most young South Africans.
They started in 2014 and reason why, they actually started is because, they saw the need for people applying for jobs, but they don't have the necessary skills or experiences. They might have degrees diplomas, but still lack the experience if they get employed, hence AVA was born. Ava wanted to bridge that gap between not having the necessary skills so that's why AVA comes in and they have different programs that will help people to gain the necessary skills or experiences.
According to Charnelle : "the area we grew up people don't have the necessary network so I think that also played a huge role, because people don't have network they don't know about opportunities.I think that's one of the biggest reasons why people are unemployed. Also what we've noticed working in this environment is that people don't have money to even go to an interview just something as simple as going to an interview so that's where the problem comes in as I mentioned sometimes they do have a necessary skill and have the diplomacy to have that, but they don't have degrees but they don't have the skills so that is also why we have so much and also what I mentioned last week is that most of the jobs they are looking for people just have matric. But you also need to have a driving licence so that is something that we can really incorporate as part of your school curriculum as I think that's one of the biggest things that's keeping us from being or getting employed."
AVA-Africa have different programs for different people,they have a program called Year beyond where they place in schools .They work as a teacher assistant in the morning and then in the afternoon they work as a tutor.They have another program that deals with small businesses. Then khanyisa that's also schools program and they also assist teachers in classes in the contest program will be there from the morning until the end of the school day. And then they also assist with another program that's also numeracy and literacy, but that's more one-on-one time with a learner so it's not like khanyisa. Students actually have some more one-on-one time with the learners but they're also helps with self-development.
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