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Vodacom Ready to Connect 1-Million Youth with Jobs
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Mobile operator Vodacom is gearing up to connect a million unemployed South African youth to the gig economy.

Vodacom Ready to Connect 1-Million Youth with Jobs

On Thursday, 23 June, Vodacom launched Get-A-Gig through NXT LVL (pronounced next level) with a three-year vision of connecting 1-million youth to jobs or gigs by 2024.

Vodacom says South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, following the recent report by Stats SA that showed South Africa's staggering 65.5% youth unemployment rate.

As part of Vodacom's sustained commitment to empowering South Africa, Get-A-Gig matches a job seeker (youth) with job or gig opportunities within Vodacom and its partners while allowing them to grow, learn and earn.

Get-A-Gig was launched as an extension of Vodacom's recently revamped NXT LVL, a platform aimed to address the challenges faced by young people. It offers the youth access to the right tools to help them reach their potential.

Picture: Anthony Young - Successful Journals

Picture: Anthony Young

NXT LVL also empowers young people to manoeuvre through their lives into adulthood, particularly at a time when they are seeking jobs and unemployment is at a record high.

Chief officer of consumer business at Vodacom, Jorge Mendes says their vision is to make sure they leave no one behind, especially young people who form a critical part of the country's future.

“The launch of Get-A-Gig is yet another way that we at Vodacom strive to fight the rising youth unemployment rate,” he says.

Mendes says their purpose is centred on building a digital society with techno-solutions and an education ecosystem that transforms lives for a better tomorrow.

“As we innovate and bring new propositions to the market, we are mindful of the challenges that are faced by consumers at large. The revamp of the NXT LVL platform and the launch of Get-A-Gig are some of the initiatives we introduced, aiming to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young South Africans,” he says.

“As we empower and help our youth to connect to jobs, even if it is one job at a time, we believe it is a step towards curbing the scourge of unemployment in our country. By them (youth) earning a living, connected by the use of our technology, we believe they can do further,” says Mendes.

Get-A-Gig is available free of charge to all NXT LVL customers via the My Vodacom App and VodaPay.

New NXT LVL customers need to download the My Vodacom App or VodaPay app, register for NXT LVL, and click on the Get-A-Gig title to register and create a profile, search and apply for available Gigs in their area. 

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