Reports that South Africa now has the highest unemployment rate in the world (34.4%) recently sent shockwaves across the country. According to the latest data published by Stats SA, 7.8 million citizens are out of work – topping the global list of 82 countries monitored by Bloomberg.
“I believe the South African facilities management industry has the potential to make a significant contribution to the country’s spiraling unemployment rate by stimulating and cultivating entrepreneurial growth and creating jobs for young South Africans in a sustainable way,” says Lydia Hendricks, Business Development Manager. from FM Solutions.
The importance of craftsmanship and vocational training
“It is a sad reality that South Africa is struggling with a youth unemployment rate of 64.4% for 15-24 year olds and 42.9% for 25-34 year olds. At the same time, we face a severe shortage of important job skills. such as plumbers, painters, handymen, technicians etc. In 2018 South Africa already recorded a shortage of 40,000 skilled artisans. Today, that outlook looks even worse due to the devastating effects of COVID on an industry where the average age of artisans is 60. The demand for these rare skills will only grow over the next few years as the generation of skilled artisans retires,” predicts Lydia.
Facilities management focuses on creating safe, well-maintained and fully operational work environments to increase their productivity. Many of these professional jobs are therefore embedded in the facilities management space where much-needed technical skills in plumbing, air conditioning, maintenance, and facilities can be transferred.
“South Africa is only training a fraction of the number of young people we will need over the next decade with the skills to work with mechanical, electrical and construction software, or who are being trained as technicians to help with the repair of hospital equipment, skills in maintenance and management of civil and general buildings Young people mistakenly believe that only a university degree or college will allow them to take up gainful employment Young people who leave the school tend to turn their noses up at the idea of working with their hands. The stark reality is that the world desperately needs well-trained, experienced people who have specific, practical skills to offer, regardless of race or background. their gender,” says Lydia.
Develop career paths and employment opportunities
FM Solutions’ business model is based on the belief that they hold the power to transform individuals, businesses and communities through their service offering.
“We are committed to creating jobs, providing training and mentoring, and creating career paths for people on our team and wherever we are called upon to manage a facility on behalf of a customer. . The whole process is carefully managed with clear Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and a dedicated HR team supporting the project from start to finish,” says Lydia.