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Project: “Providing young people with skills to succeed in South Africa” Programme

Client: Save the Children UK

Save the Children UK (SCUK) has been one of the organisations that have set up a base in response to the growing need for social protection of unaccompanied migrant minors. In partnership with Accenture, SCUK intended to implement a two year pilot programme, which will train both local children and young migrants (aged 14-24 years) in vocational and life skills, providing them with income generation opportunities and also the capabilities to cope with the harsh conditions that they find themselves in.

Project Name:   “Providing young people with skills to succeed in South Africa” Programme

Client: Save the Children UK

Project Duration:

Sector:  NGO, young people

Service provided: Baseline study, Needs Assessment

Project Deliverables:

The overall objective of the baseline survey and needs assessment was to identify what vocational skills are most in demand in the local labour market in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and which of these skills can be effectively delivered through the upcoming SCUK programme.

Our Approach:

A combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods were employed. Specifically, the research team conducted a literature review, key informant interviews with SCUK and other stakeholders, focus group discussions with both local and migrant children, and surveys with migrant children.  A total of 70 young people and 29 key informants were interviewed.


–          The vocational training and life-skills programme will offer a more sustainable solution and as the youth become economically independent, they are also likely to be less vulnerable to abuse of any kind.

–          SCUK has nurtured relationships with various stakeholders from both government and the NGO sector and these contacts will be very useful for this project.

–          The residents of Musina and other people from Johannesburg and across South Africa are beginning to view the shelters as a potential source for recruiting reliable workers. Although, this may need to be investigated further to ensure that the young people are not exploited. This may also be built on by linking up the shelters with potential host employers after the training.

–          Vhembe FET College, which has been identified as a training partner, assists students to get employment and this is particularly useful in terms of finding opportunities for students to gain practical experience during or after their studies.

–          The targeted beneficiaries realise that their current way of living, doing ‘piece jobs’, is not sustainable.  With the current Zimbabwean Documentation Project, a lot of migrant young people live in fear of being deported. If they can get skills, it would mean that even if they are to be repatriated, they will be able to utilise the skills back home.