Through our work with the Department of Education and the Office of The Presidency, combined with our extensive work in South African schools as a whole, we have become aware of a sobering reality which our high school learners must contend with when making critical subject choices, and by default career option choices an estimated 70% of them do so without any qualified, quality, direct intervention from either their educators or parents.
Like many other emerging market countries, South Africa is, and has been, facing a critical skills shortage. Whilst there are a number of initiatives aimed at youth out of school in addressing this, the school
years are a vitally important phase in which to deal with this crisis.
If we are to be successful in addressing the employment equity imbalances workforce skills challenges we face as a nation, we need to address career guidance in the majority of our schools immediately.
Informed choices simply have to begin at a school level as a strategic and proactive intervention in addressing the skills challenges we face as a nation if we hope to build an inclusive economy and ultimately become a player on the global stage.
We have been witness to many projects at a high school level, providing guidance from external parties in career choices, the majority of which are impacting positively on our learners.
Our experience however, is that the scale needed is not nearly being met, due to the enormous lack of qualified, external parties who are able to provide the necessary aptitude testing and guidance required to determine effective career guidance and related subject choice.
The Kommunity Career Handbook© has been created to address both the problem of lack of career guidance and scale in South African schools. Through a series of strategic alliances and participants, and under our Kommunity Group Projects© banner, we are now able to provide this scale in a proprietary, Africa-first, book-based product.
Through the award winning work which we have done in South African schools over many years with The Kommunity Desk Company© (another Kommunity Group Projects© brand, under our ‘Kommunity Education©’ pillar) we have interacted with thousands of schools, learners and educators across South Africa, which in turn has allowed us to formulate and hone a proven mechanism for accessing township and underprivileged schools, under the support and endorsement of the Department of Education.
The Kommunity Career Handbook© leverages our vast experience of this particular sector, and combined with our strategic alliances and exclusive partnerships, provides learners with an effective, proprietary, and most importantly - self-guided - subject and career guidance process. In addition, Kommunity Career Handbook© also provides comprehensive, additional information, covering careers and career specifics, bursaries, tertiary and technical study facility options, as well as important life skills information.
Of critical importance is that Kommunity Career Handbook© is provided free of charge to high school learners and
schools nationally. This is made possible by unique corporate and development agency sponsorship opportunities, and in turn will ensure that immediate, effective scale is brought to bear on the both the issue of skills shortages across South Africa and the ongoing challenges in a majority of our schools, where qualified career guidance is almost nonexistent.
Our corporate partners are under tremendous, continuing pressure to seek out the most talented students that South Africa has to offer. Kommunity Career Handbook© facilitates this by allowing our corporate partners exclusive access to our national database of learners, thereby strategically assisting our corporate partners with their ongoing human capital requirements by reducing downstream competition for these learners.