Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP)

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    500 Days of Economic Policy Action:
    A Short-Term Policy Action Agenda for South Africa

    A CBPEP colloquium
    2-4 June 2021

    This action-focused policy colloquium will bring together top decision-makers in government and leading thinkers in academia, the private sector and beyond to outline a range of interventions that can place South Africa on a new growth trajectory.

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    Lessons on Implementation of the SCORE Programme

    April 15, 2021

    A webinar was held to reflect on the lessons learned by trainers, employers and workers from the participating firms and the supporting institutions. It also explored the potential for rolling out SCORE to additional manufacturing sectors and industries.


    Decisive action required for SA’s electricity policy

    June 3, 2021

    Kenneth Creamer, economics lecturer at WITs University, has identified a number of short-term actionable interventions for South Africa’s electricity policy. At CBPEP’s Colloquium on 500 Days of Economic Policy Action, he addressed ways to improve energy security, reduce the costly resort to load-shedding, stabilise and restructure Eskom and secure longer run employment, industrialisation and decarbonisation objectives.


    Five steps to future-proof SA’s energy sector

    June 3, 2021

    “The energy sector needs to set South Africa up to leverage the large benefits that will come from being an emerging market leader in the climate agenda, rather than making it bear the costs of lagging behind.” This is the advice from Meridian Economics, who list five steps the energy sector can take in the next 500 days to future-proof the energy sector.


    Job creation in the ICT Sector

    July 6, 2021

    Charley Lewis, Independent Analyst, says that in the short term ICT is unlikely to create many jobs and may even destroy certain jobs. However, intensifying the role of ICT in the economy is essential to underpin economic growth over the medium to longer term, leading to employment creation across a wide range of the economy where ICT is deployed or underpins business processes. His views, shared during the latest CBPEP Colloquium on 500 Days of Economic Policy Action, were recently published in the Business Day.


    Latest updates on the Basic Package of Support for Youth project

    June 16, 2021

    Find out more about: how the project is part of the national Pathway Management Networks, what tools have been developed to support data collection and management systems, the plans for the pilot in Atlantis, and upcoming events where the project will be presented.


    Follow updates from a CBPEP-supported pilot land reform project

    June 14, 2021

    This collaborative pilot project, built on research findings, aims to help realise potential job-creation in agriculture, through the optimisation of land use and farming systems. The project blog will document the process from beginning to end, as collaborators work on developing a methodology for employment intensive land reform at municipality level.


    Watch CBPEP's response to the COVID pandemic

    May 3, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the South African economy hard, with over two million jobs lost. CBPEP has responded to COVID-19 by speeding up innovation and breaking down barriers to change. Watch a film on the About page to learn more.


    Online Knowledge Sharing Event

    April 15, 2021

    We are excited to share the lessons learned from the implementation of the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme through a webinar with trainers, employers and workers from the participating firms and by the supporting institutions.




    CBPEP, the EU-funded Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion, is assisting the government of South Africa to meet the key national objective of reducing unemployment, by building institutional and organisational capacity for employment promotion.
    With a focus on:
    Youth transitions from school to work
    Support for small- and medium-size enterprises and informal sector employment
    Enhancing the responsiveness of further education and skills development programmes to the needs of the labour market
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