Drawing on local and international research, and its own experience, SSACI has developed a successful model of training young people for skilled employment. The essential ingredients of this model are:
1. Focus on training to demand and opportunity in sectors of the economy that:
• Are growing, and are therefore likely to offer future opportunities
• Are creating new jobs and work opportunities, as opposed to the “jobless growth” found in some industries
• Require low-to-intermediate entry-levels of skill and therefore offer the sort of jobs that young people can immediately fill
2. Careful selection of trainees with an aptitude for the work envisaged
3. Rigorous selection of training service-providers on the basis of both their competence and their readiness to modify their curriculum and mode of delivery
in the light of research and experience
4. Training curricula that comprise three essential elements:
• A balance between theory and practice, including authentic workplace-based experience
• Life skills and personal support
• Facilitating access to employment, preparing them for the selection process and mentoring them for a period after placement
5. In addition to the direct benefits of training projects, SSACI hopes to achieve systemic impact and project sustainability by influencing
government policies and programmes, showing through our projects what public systems and institutions could do on a large scale and then
helping them to do it.
SSACI influences the public provision of skills training through two strategies:
• Joint projects - in which SSACI collaborates with a government agency in implementing a pilot project, from which lessons and perhaps the
entire concept are carried over to that agency’s part of the national skills development system.
• “Demonstration” projects – in which SSACI implements the project along with non-governmental partners and, hopefully, produces results that
convince a government agency to adopt and replicate it on a much larger scale.