New Skills for Youth Innovation Sites 2019 Snapshot: Orange Farm, South Africa

Launched in 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth (NSFY) is a $75 million, five-year global initiative aimed at transforming how cities and states ensure that young people are career ready. The local investments from across the world - Innovations Sites - aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs.

South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate of any country in the world- nearly one out of three young adults (ages 18 to 35) is unemployed. To address this, through NSFY JPMorgan Chase & Co. invested in two parallel interventions led by the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) Thabiso Skills Institute and MSC Artisan Academy. The CIE guides and supports nonprofit, faith-based skills centers that offer numerous programs to youth and adults in the community who are employed or in education or training. MSC offers programs with cutting-edge technology to incorporate relevant real-world requirements in actual industry practices to ensure that youth with a secondary level of education are ready for the workplace upon graduation. This snapshot profiles how CIE and MSC provide technical skills development and work-based learning to low-income youth in Orange Farm, South Africa.

To learn more about the NSFY Innovation Sites, visit the NSFY Innovation Sites Snapshots series page.

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October 2019