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Poverty, high school drop-outs and accredited training

Education and training organisations are uniquely placed to address market shifts, opportunities and align with government policy to try alleviate poverty conditions.

When doing this, many interventions can be funded by government or business.

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If your business intends becoming Quality Council accredited (e.g. QCTO or SETAs), understanding poverty and economic challenges is critical to your success.

Government agencies focus on solving macro economic challenges. When you know what they are you can shape a business development strategy maximising opportunities.


Who is most affected by poverty?

Stats SA  reported that the following South Africans are most likely to struggle in poverty:

  • children aged 17 years and younger

  • black Africans

  • females

  • people from rural areas

  • those living in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo

  • those with little or no education

School Drop-outs as Market Indicator

Since low levels of education impact livelihood opportunities, it makes sense to position products that up-skill school drop-outs.

Occupational programmes at NQF levels 2 and 3 could be critical in this space. However providers should expand on electives in order to drive a diverse range of graduates.

Business Tech published the following table unpacking provincial drop-out data. These drop-out rates are very disturbing.

ProvinceGrade 10 (2014)Grade 12 (2016)Drop-out rateGrade 12 passPass rate‘True’ pass rate
Northern Cape22 03410 04154.4%7 90278.7%35.9%
North West67 73432 04552.7%26 44882.5%39.0%
Free State55 29326 78651.6%23 62988.2%42.7%
Eastern Cape154 22082 90246.2%49 76859.3%31.9%
Limpopo189 170101 80746.2%63 59562.5%33.6%
KwaZulu Natal264 816147 64844.2%98 03266.4%37.0%
Mpumalanga94 52854 25142.6%41 80177.1%44.2%
Gauteng174 471103 82940.5%88 38185.1%50.7%
Western Cape75 79150 86932.9%43 71686.0%57.7%
South Africa1 100 877610 17844.6%442 67272.5%40.2%

Do you have an effective business strategy in place?

Are you compliant and able to tap into government funding available for pro-poor development?



Is your business tapping into the Youth Market?

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