Integrated non-formal education and training programs and centre linkages for adult employment in South Africa

Author: Celestin Mayombe

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Edition: Volume 57, Number 1, April 2017

Summary: This article outlines the results of a qualitative study, which investigated the adult non-formal education and training (NFET) centre linkages with external role-players in providing post-training support for the employment of graduates. The concern that informed this article is that adults who face long-term unemployment remain unemployed after completing the NFET programs in South Africa. The article reports on an empirical study conducted to investigate what constitutes NFET enabling environments for employment.
The findings reveal that managers did not create adequate linkages that could enable graduates to access needed post-training support, community resources, public goods and services. The author concludes that without linking the NFET programs to external stakeholders, graduates will continue to find it difficult to be employed or to start small businesses which perpetuates unemployment and chronic poverty in South Africa.

Keywords: Non-formal education, adult training, employment, centre linkages, South Africa

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