Articles by Veerle Dieltiens

A foot in the door: are NGOs effective as workplace intermediaries in the youth labour market?

Veerle Dieltiens, Centre for Education Policy Development
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It has been argued that properly focused workplace intermediaries can reshape the labour market to become more youth friendly. Case studies of NGO intermediaries in South Africa offer some optimism but also caution in this regard. Although the intermediaries were able to match unemployed youth to jobs, smooth the transition to work and even positively influence employers’ reticence, they are small in scale and costs are high – and they have yet to broker larger pacts to add more jobs.