Making meaningful work possible

Many people who are unemployed in South Africa are also unemployable – lacking the basic hard and soft skills required to seek and secure meaningful employment. Common Good’s employment initiative offers a transformational Job Journey that serves as a bridge to opportunity by restoring dignity and hope, equipping people to realise their potential, and preparing them for the world of work. We now also provide a programme that offers our youth hope for activating their future pathways which will assist our matrics and young job seekers.

Understanding that South Africa’s youth unemployment rate sits at 65%, we are dedicated to seeing a new story written for our country’s young people.

What we do

Through our employment initiative, we offer transformative work readiness training in a supportive environment that encourages social and personal development. Our holistic Job Journey course restores dignity and hope by empowering those who are unemployed with the confidence, hard skills & resources they need to become economically active.

In this way we support individuals throughout their entire journey – from being unemployed and possibly unemployable, to being confident and prepared for the job market.

We are grateful to the FinCoach Foundation for the co-creation of this new programme. Their ongoing support and partnership have been essential in making the course a reality.

One of our Collaboration Schools, Silikamva High’s recent and consistent National Senior Certificate achievements has compelled us to develop our new Career Readiness Programme which will be a holistic support model for current Silikamva learners and alumni.

This programme offers a safety net of support for school leavers entering the job market for the first time by inviting them to attend the Job Journey course or assisting them with their further study choices and applications.

Job Journey

Our exciting new curriculum takes place over just 2 weeks. This time is spent in the classroom in an interactive environment to ensure maximum engagement. Participants work through the course work with an experienced trainer in a group no bigger than 20 participants. We actively foster a sense of community in which self-esteem and dignity is restored, and life purpose can be envisioned. Graduates leave with these soft skills and with hard skills like how to create a professional CV and conduct online job searches amongst many more!

Career Readiness

The Career Readiness programme aims to provide access to relevant information and connect students to meaningful opportunities. Running in parallel with this, learners will be taught to understand themselves and the world of work. These new sessions will be facilitated weekly. By combining our extensive experience in the employment space with our school programme, we will ensure that every learner is on a career pathway when they leave school.

Graduate Community

We encourage all our graduates to keep in touch with our team once they’ve graduated. Our team is available via our Graduate Support WhatsApp group. Graduates are also eligible to join our Facebook Community group to access job listings especially curated for our community. We love to share their stories on how the course has helped them with our supporters!