Online classifieds service, Gumtree and the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, have teamed up to empower candidates to use the internet as a powerful job search tool.

“We are inundated with requests from individuals who are desperate to find work,” says Johan Nel, country manager of Gumtree South Africa. “But many of them aren’t work-ready. They may lack communication skills, or numeracy and literacy skills, or simply aren’t familiar with technology that can assist them with their job search. Harambee fills those gaps and we were interested in partnering with them to assist our community.”

Gumtree and Harambee will work together to connect unemployed youngsters to available opportunities and with potential employers by posting suitable jobs and marketing jobseekers on their respective online platforms.

“We work with young, first time work-seekers that are locked out of the formal economy and do not have the social networks to break into work, they need a network to help them enter the job market,” explains Maryana Iskander, Harambee CEO. “We are excited to parter with Gumtree to bring more rigour to the power of the web as a job search tool.”

[Image – Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator]