Youth Unemployment Stats

South Africa’s youth bear the burden of the country’s unemployment burden

While the unemployment rate rose an unexpected 0,6%, South Africa is still facing a mass unemployment crisis, with 44.1% of the labour force without work in the second quarter.  This is testament to the fact the country’s jobless rate is highest of 82 nations monitored by Bloomberg.

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey released on Tuesday shows 8 million jobless people still searching for jobs, an increase from 7.9 million in Q1.  Additionally, there are 3.6 million discouraged workers and 700 000 South African’s who have stopped their job search for other reasons.

Ari Katz of Boston City Campus and Boston Media House

Stats for SA youth

“The recently released stats highlight the fact that South Africa’s youth are bearing the brunt of the unemployment burden,” says Ari Katz, CEO Boston City Campus. 

Youth aged 15-24 and 25 -34 recorded the highest unemployment rates of 61,4% and 41,2% respectively.  Approximately 3,7M (35,7%) out of 10,2 M young people aged 15-24 years were not in employment education or training (NEET). This means that more than 1 out 0f 3 young South Africans between these ages were disengaged with the labour market, precluding them from gaining experience or further skills and perpetuating intergenerational poverty.

The NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) rate, seen in conjunction with high youth unemployment rate of over 60%, suggests that the youth face extreme difficulties engaging with the labour market in South Africa.

 

“Companies and institutions need to actively participate in providing and sourcing gainful employment for these youth” says Katz. “We need to be as proactive and as active as possible. We at Boston have an entire department dedicated to coaching, mentoring and assisting students who are in the job-seek space. Students and graduates have a gap in exposure to workplace behaviours and they need extra input in order to secure great jobs!”

Jobs in demand

CareerJunction reported that year-on-year, hiring activity has increased by 23% between June 2021 and June 2022.  However, we need to be cognisant of which skills are in demand when we choose a qualifcation.  

Vacancies over 2022, show these sectors as the most highly sought after:  Finance Sales IT Business & Management Manufacturing & Assembly Admin, Office & Support Building & Construction,.

 

According to Stats SA, Graduates faired better in the workplace environment with the graduate unemployment rate at 10.2%,

 

Graduates need a holistic set of skills – both in terms of their field of expertise, technical know-how to participate in an increasingly digitised work environment and also so called soft skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, self-discipline and time management.

 

Recent data from Boston Consulting Group  reports that “there is more than 50% of a skills mismatch between the current South African workforce and the demands of the work environment.” This means that we need to be careful when choosing a qualification, but also that we need to adopt a mindset of lifelong learning and upskill even if we are in a job, to remain relevant.   

 

“Skills mismatch (where graduates don’t have the skills to meet the demand, or find themselves in a job where they can’t perform because they have inappropriate skills)  is a key contributing factor to the jobless crisis,” says Katz.  “It is essential for tertiary institutions to have direct communication and interaction with the workplace, so as to create an efficient ecosystem that supplies matching skills to quality jobs in order to build our economy and stimulate graduate entry into the workplace.”

 

This requires a reciprocal interaction by education and private business – where corporations manage training programming and upskilling their employers so that education is informed.

 

“Additionally, government need to take the necessary steps to improve the responsiveness of education and training and academic institutions to develop the necessary qualifications to facilitate skills delivery and meet the evolving needs of the business environment,” says Katz.

Time to take your music seriously – a career in the music industry.

Time to take your music seriously – a career in the music industry.

Have you considered a career in music? Many people have a passion for music but believe that it is a hobby and that they will not be able to earn a living from it. Boston City Campus & Business College believes that including your passion in your career makes you more successful.  Boston established a partnership with Soul Candi, who has been a success in the music industry for years. “Most budding musicians struggle to create a career in music. They simply do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. In order to create a music career, look into one of the qualifications available at Boston in the music industry”.  So says Blanka Mazimela, Head of Department at Boston.

With graduates of Soul Candi blazing music trails, they are showcasing their skills learned through Soul Candi qualifications. One of the budding graduates from the program is Dwson – who has recently released an album on Stay True Sound. “A former student who did the Digital Music Composition and Production course he’s currently getting loads of props from industry giants, “ says Mazimela.  Others include Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos and Liquideep just to mention a few.

Making Soul Candi more accessible, Boston launched an additional Soul Candi short learning programme to introduce graduates to the industry.  Available at all branches nationwide, it is called the INTRODUCTION to Digital Music Composition and Production.  In addition, courses such as DJ101 and Music Business are also offered. (The Digital Music Composition & Production qualification is offered at selected branches only where facilities are available).

What types of careers can you follow with a qualification in the music industry? While you may need to combine qualifications such as DJ101 and a business diploma, in order to also understand the full running of a business, these are the types of careers that will be open to you to explore in music: Performing & Writing,  DJ (Nightclub DJ) Recording,  Record Producer. Record Industry, Music Business, Personal Manager, Facility, Arena, & Club managers, music journalism and so many more!

Music Producers write, arrange, produce, and record songs, whether they are shaping the sound of another artist’s album or creating beats for their own projects. With the growth of home recording technology and boutique recording studios, many producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as Studio Owners and Sound Engineers.  A music producer will be responsible for every aspect of his business and it’s definitely not all glamourous – one needs to note the amount of admin involved! A typical day will start with checking notes, prepping the studio, checking the functionality of the equipment.  If the studio is booked out it needs to be in perfect running order in order for studio fees to be charged.  While on recording breaks – a producer will attend to admin such as emails, orders, bookings, and accounting. There is a lot of work that goes into being a Producer outside of the studio such as attending rehearsals, meetings, writing sessions, and going out to shows.

Program Directors are in charge of what is produced by a radio station. They manage the station’s programming and oversee the different departments and staff at the station to ensure that the station always sounds its best and suits the needs of its listeners.

Says Mazimela, “As a program director or manager, your plate is full. At any given time, a Program Director’s duties could include organizing promos, making sure the DJs are informed about upcoming promos and station events, sitting in meetings, checking music logs to make sure they’re accurate, working with the music compiler to produce logs for the next day, coordinating interviews with industry influencers and Musicians, and managing and scheduling programming, “.

While the industry appears to be glamourous, there is still a fortune of admin work to be done such as returning emails and calls, dealing people, meetings with PR companies and more.

Whatever direction you choose in music, Boston’s collaboration with Soul Candi will ensure you gain the industry skills you require to start your career in this really exciting and happening industry.

“Music is currently one of the biggest industry worldwide with South Africa being the top destination to some of the world’s biggest DJs and musicians. The industry has a variety of offerings. With some of the world’s biggest festivals annually collaborating with South Africa you’d swear that South Africa is the next Ibiza” says Mazimela

 

 Contact Boston on 011 551-2000, e-mail info@boston.co.za, visit www.boston.ac.za, or Facebook.