We aim to empower unemployed graduates through the following key programmes.
Graduate Placement: Mostly in the form of Internships and Work Integrated Learning (WIL ) opportunities constitute a great deal of SAGDA activities. Our analysis is that these are effective in bridging the gap between formal education and preparing graduates for the world of work while at the same time allowing graduates to network with the clients who could become employers or even being absorbed at the very same companies where they do internships.
SAGDA acknowledges that the challenges facing unemployed and economically marginalised graduates are complex. The organisation identifies research topics and partners with stakeholders to conduct research. SAGDA aims to strengthen civil society through the empowerment of graduates for social and economic transformation, as such research is one of the four key programmes with which SAGDA plans to champion the empowerment of youth.
SAGDA offers graduate training for both unemployed graduates and those who have been enrolled and placed on our internship programmes. These courses deal mainly with soft skills covering diverse topics such as self-worth, motivation, attitude and more technical aspects such as budgeting, dress codes and professional behaviour. SAGDA partners with other stakeholders to deliver programmes such as Career Development and Job Shadowing.
SAGDA recognises that not all graduates can be absorbed in the job market or aspire to be employed. Some are ambitious to become job creators rather than seekers. This programme has been introduced to assist entrepreneurs develop their enterprises into viable and more sustainable entities. SAGDA continues to employ a collaborative approach when dealing with the challenges facing graduates and entrepreneurs, in particular.