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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
partnering
with other development agencies, SSACI has developed
and implemented
projects that can be taken to scale for maximum
impact.



 


     
     
   
   

 

Description

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

Duration

7 years, 2003-10

Lead Agency Stellemploy

Budget

  • R3'900'000

Outputs

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

Date added

2003-09-03

 

 

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