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Swiss-South African Co-operation on College Improvement

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TVET Portal

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Welcome to SSACI
The Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative is a public-private
partnership in development between the
Swiss and South African
governments and Swiss and South African companies.

It opens up
new pathways to employment for young
South Africans through
skills training and innovative
development projects.

Through SSACI, Swiss companies and the Swiss government have
together committed over R100'000'000 to skills development for
South African youths. Working alongside government and
with other development agencies, SSACI has developed
and implemented
projects that can be taken to scale for maximum





Establishment of a local skills training centre in Stellenbosch and training for local youths in basic artisanal skills


7 years, 2003-10

Lead Agency Stellemploy


  • R3'900'000


Training centre operational since late 2004
Research conducted into job opportunities in local economy
354 youths trained, of whom 240 placed in employment

Salient lessons Short-course skills training is most effective when tied closely to the local labour market
Under-employed trade-workers can be assisted over time to access more and longer job-contracts that eventually lead to a decent income
In small communities, word-of-mouth advertising through social networks has high credibility and can be successfully used to open up employment opportunities for new entrants into the job-market

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