Itirele Mosha, which means “young person, empower yourself” in Setswana, was launched as a response to the youth unemployment issue in the RBN. The programme, which is a structured curriculum on business administration, was launched in the second half of 2018 and is specifically aimed at grooming learners for related employment in Bafokeng’s public health institutions.
Following its launch in 2018, 16 unemployed Bafokeng youth successfully completed a rigorous recruitment and placement process. This included competency assessments designed to gauge their basic numeracy and verbal skills, and ensure they receive adequate support while part of the programme.
Individual development took the form of practical work experience in areas such as administration, data capturing and counselling.
This enabled participants to apply what they learnt in formal training sessions and hone their practical skills in a safe environment, in which they are allowed to make mistakes and grow from them, without the risk of jeopardising their livelihoods.
In addition to formal theoretical training that will culminate in a nationally recognised qualification in Business. Administration (NQF Level 4), programme participants benefited from bespoke learning interventions aimed at developing behavioural competencies for the world of work. These included life skills, leadership and communication.
Further, through partnerships with Aurum Institute and the Department of Health, all 16 learners participating in the programme have received temporary work placements at clinics in the Rustenburg area, giving them the opportunity to build their résumés. The opportunity could also lead to permanent employment.
Itirele Mosha has made it possible for Bafokeng youth to receive formal training in business management, enter the job market and gain practical work experience. We are particularly proud of the fact that we have been able to avail tertiary education to young people who would otherwise not have had access to such an opportunity. We are also proud of the fact that, through our partnership with the Aurum Institute and Department of Health, we have contributed to broader social impact and improved public health services.