Shadow Careers celebrated their 300th permanent career created for excluded youth on Friday, 7 October at their career creation centre in Mitchells Plain.

Guests included Members of Western Cape Parliament, Councillors from the Mitchells Plain community, and EXL celebrating the 19th class of Shadow students that graduated from the Shadow Careers programme. The full class of 20 commenced their permanent careers with EXL the following week.

“The direct and indirect benefit to the community of Mitchells Plain and Cape Town is tremendous! As someone who works in this community where youth unemployment is significant, this Shadow Careers Training Centre achievement is incredible. As Western Cape Government we will continue to work with partners like Shadow Careers in reducing unemployment”, says Ricardo MacKenzie, Member of Western Cape Parliament.

Since Shadow Careers’ opening in 2020, this impact sourcing initiative with the support of like-hearted partners such as BPeSA, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Sigma Connected, EXL, and Boldr have created 312 permanent careers, of which more than 200 roles were created in 2022. This programme's success and commitment to creating careers and uplifting excluded communities is evident by the 95% placement and 90% retention rates with their GBS partners.  

The Directors and Founders of Shadow Careers said: "Thank you to our partners for their continued partnership and support throughout our journey. Seeing how our shared vision impacts excluded youth, their families, and the community is truly heart-warming. Every Shadow class that graduates brings transformation through heart, and we are committed to co-creating many more opportunities for youth in all regions of South Africa with our partners.”


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