Basic Package of Support for Youth

This project aims to make sure there is a basic package of support for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) in South Africa.


The Basic Package of Support aims to provide a shared framework for action for a variety of institutions and providers. This project leverages existing capacities and creates new partnerships towards a common goal. The project is fundamentally client-centred, wrapping services around young people for a more joined-up approach and customised to individuals’ respective needs.

Too often, young people fall between the gaps between education, jobs and employment support. There are services and systems that can be strengthened, connected and built on to reach young people. This approach builds on existing structures to create an integrated set of services.

In other places around the world there are different examples of employment support for youth which South Africa can learn from. For example, this project draws on the EU Youth Guarantee, and other international best practices, which focus on comprehensive, holistic, multifaceted support for youth.

More about the project

This project aims to assist youth who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) by developing a Basic Package of Support (BPS) intervention. It builds on policies, legislation, programmes and interventions to provide the support and opportunities needed.

A policy brief has been developed based on research evidence, international best practice and consultation with youth and other stakeholders. The brief makes a case to support young people through integrated, collaborative partnerships between government, the non-profit and private sectors.

The project looks to enhance the capability of key government and non-governmental role-players to meet the needs of young people who are NEET in South Africa.

In the next stages of this project we are hoping to support pilot sites in implementing a basic package of support for youth. A lot of the preparatory work for the roll out of the pilots is currently already taking place, with the support of CBPEP and in collaboration with a growing group of partners at national and provincial levels. But there is still much work to be done, and with the COVID-19 crisis to contend with, much of our work has focused on reaching out to youth to hear how best to support their needs in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 eras.



The CBPEP supported project on the basic package of support for youth is being extended for the coming months.

The policy brief for the CBPEP supported project on the basic package of support for youth outlines a proposed programmatic approach based on research evidence and international best practice.


New research: SALDRU-UNICEF survey results on state of SA youth well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

June 5, 2020

Key findings are now available from a survey of South Africa’s youth that was conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown. A total of 13 282 young people aged 18 to 35 from all provinces participated.

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