To build a stable and prosperous future for Africa, it is crucial that education focuses on employability for lifetime success of the learners.
The continent currently faces high levels of youth unemployment. A 2020 study has found that over one in five youth are not in employment, education, or training; with Northern Africa showing the highest unemployment rates in the world, at over 30 percent. Africa is also the only region where the youth bulge will continue to grow in the foreseeable future.
How is Honoris assisting graduates to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations in a way that benefits them, the workforce, the community, and the economy?
Honoris is committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates by incorporating a comprehensive and mandatory work readiness program into the curricula, enabling graduates to develop soft skills and digital capabilities as well as real world competencies.
This provides graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market, empowering them to succeed in the ever-changing global economy. Honoris not only seeks to improve graduate employability, but also emphasizes the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs who will be providers of employment in the future.
The Honoris employability agenda encompasses the complete lifecycle of the student journey from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
Develop approaches which are suited to issues in a pan-African context. Ensure that member institutions’ verticals and curricula are well-suited to key sectors and in-demand skills.
Provide high quality technical education and practical skills through a blended approach, to ensure students can easily transition to and from the learning and employment environments. Students need to be trained in the latest innovations and technologies in order to thrive in increasingly data-, automation-, and AI-driven realities.
Honoris’ skills development and career services work closely with students to ensure that they have the skills required for the modern job market. Career services include services such as counselling, workshops, and webinars. Students and Alumni also have access to a skills development program which covers the 4IR skills, and aims to increase their employability.
Honoris engages with alumni to measure performance on student outcomes across the network at key milestones in their employment progress (i.e., at the 6-, 12-, and 24-month marks).
Honoris has mapped three high-growth sectors in Africa and intends to match job market needs around them in their educational offerings. Those sectors are:
A key function of Honoris institutions is to help prepare students to transition successfully into a future career. Honoris’ Career Centers are designed with both physical and digital spaces in mind, and work seamlessly together with the overarching aim of fostering community between students, alumni, professionals, and corporations. Honoris has 10 active digital Career Center platforms with 13,500 active users, and 11 physical career spaces are currently active across Morocco, Nigeria, and Tunisia, including the flagship Honoris Career Center in Tunis.Key capabilities of the Career Centers include: Honoris also provides a wide range of support services for students to succeed in their career journey. These include: In addition, employer-focused services include:
Honoris develops strong and mutually-rewarding relationships with all the stakeholders of the employability ecosystem.
As the most likely destination for graduates, employers are key stakeholders at Honoris institutions, and are actively engaged so that Honoris understands the skills they require, for the present and in future. Honoris has over 160 partnerships across the network featuring household names, government organisations, SMEs and NGOs. Partnership opportunities are continually evaluated with increasing emphasis on inter-institutional and group-level collaboration.
As employability is a focal point for Honoris, it welcomes its members’ efforts in promoting this core value. The Career Center in Tunisia is a prime example of how employability is successfully propagated in a tertiary institution setting.