The Vision: To facilitate employment and entrepreneurship for graduates
Most of us grew up being told "go to school, get a qualification and find a job". It was the order of things for a very long time.
More people than ever have access to education, particularly in South Africa. However, going to school and getting a qualification, no longer guarantees a job (we have 405 000 unemployed graduates as per 2016 stats).
Some of our graduates have given up, they're tired. The odds were against them to get the qualification, and they gave that fight their all, with little to spare.
Those that still have some fight in them, continue to push on.
Fortunately, for some, they get the job or the skills & support to start a business.
The rest have resorted to standing on street corners with a summarized CV on a board.
We've found a few that want the experience of having a job, but they are also tempted to start their own business. We joint forces to place them as interns in small and medium sized businesses. This way they will gain insight and make an informed decision on what to pursue.
If you can help us with these 20 graduates, we can grow the project to reach many more.
The SparkPlug project is an initiative by Business In Theory, in partnership with Velisa Africa Academy. We want to place graduates from a work readiness program into qualifying small and medium enterprises (SME' s) as interns.
The graduates will not only gain work experience, they will gain insight on running a business.
After a year, the graduates can either look for permanent employment or start their own businesses.
Beyond providing the graduates with a job and a pay check, we want to instil a sense of pride and purpose.
We want to offer them prospects of economic freedom.
We need your help - from as little as $1 (less than R20)
We are raising funds to provide the graduates with salaries and tools of trade. This will also subsidize the costs of employment for the SME that will host the interns.
In order to facilitate their employment we need the following:
- Funds to cover their salaries and the administration costs for payroll software for a year;
- Tools to trade – Laptops, mobile phones, airtime and data;
- Employee benefits like Medical aid, Pension and/or provident funds