Trade union Solidarity said today that the matriculants of 2017 should not halt their education. A matric certificate alone will not create the same opportunities as additional training.
“Although employment in South Africa is under pressure, it is clear that people with further education have significantly better prospects, not only of being employed, but of getting a good job,” said Connie Mulder, head of the Solidarity Research Institute.
“Unemployment among graduates and people with further tertiary education is only 5,4% and 17,8% respectively, compared to South Africa’s higher unemployment rate of 27,7%,” Mulder explained.
“We encourage the matriculants of 2017 to make education and training a priority. Don’t have a one-track mind and only consider a university degree – any further education and training will significantly improve your chances of getting a job. Make sure that even when you are in a career, you do all you can to obtain additional training,” Mulder added.
“What’s important is that the matriculants of 2017 should not cease their education. A matric certificate should be regarded as a starting block rather than a finish line,” Mulder concluded.