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  • Register for a re-mark or a rechecking.

  • Apply to do supplementary exams.

  • You can also redo your Matric (or some subjects) at the end of the year, at your school. But you can also choose not to attend school on a full-time basis.

  • Check out extra classes offered at:

    • Star School (Braamfontein) - - very good classes but a bit expensive if you include travel cost.

    • The Denel Youth Foundation (Kempton Park) runs bridging programs for matric students to prepare them for Science and Engineering degrees.

More info :

NB- It does not  matter if you upgrade your matric results in the middle of the year or at the end as your admission will only be decided  at the beginning of the following year with the rest of the students. 



  • Study at a TVET or a private college (some of them offer bursaries).

  • Do a learnership or an apprenticeship.

  • Join the SAA Cabin Crew Programme, if you are taller than 1.58 metres.

  • Become a Police Officer or a Correctional Officer in a prison.

  • Join the army (012 339 5395/012 339 4000). You can do the Military Skills Development System (MSDS), a two-year voluntary service during which you will receive military training and other training for one year and then you will be  will be deployed where needed. To join, you must be South African, have completed your Matric, be between 18 and 22 years (graduates up to the age of 26 years), preferably single and in good shape!  The application form is found on the Department of Defence website.



  • Take a gap year and start your studies at Varsity one year later.


💡Improve your matric results:

  • Check out extra classes offered at: 

    •  CJC classes in Alex (not recommended as some teachers don't attend classes).  R100 registration fee + R100 per subject.

    • Kwabhekilanga school offer classes twice a week from 15h00 till 17hrs00. Teachers always come to classes. Register at Teachers center for free. Address: 17 north Road Morningside.

💡Improve your life skills:

💡Youth Accelerator Programme: 

  • The Youth Accelerator Programme at Afrika Tikkun (Phuthaditjaba Centre-Alexandra) is a 4 month programme that aims to provide individuals between the ages 18-21 years with skills to navigate life after school. 

  • Programme content includes Basic Computer Literacy, Entrepreneurship and business plans, career guidance, Personal Financial Management, Research Methodology, Debate, Advocacy, GBVF/SRHR etc. 

  • It seeks individuals who are keen to learn and commit to a fulltime schedule from March 2022-June 2022.  We encourage youth who completed their matric (and have no plan for 2022); unemployed individuals; and those who are not in any formal education to apply. 

  • A good opportunity for those who completed their matric in the years 2019-2021.

  • Click the link to apply:

💡Find part time work: 

  • Jobs may include office work (go to an office and say you can help with filing or data capturing), waitering, stock taker in shop (check recruitment agencies), promotions (handing out flyers, putting together gift packs, in-store promotions), movie extras, tutoring pupils, driver, au pairing (after school, you need a driver licence), work overseas on a cruise liner (but beware the fake job recruitment ads).

  • Work on a farm in the USA, Contact Bill at 828-558-4105 or Teri 828-558-4106 -USAFARMLABOR -

  • Volunteering at an NGO. It is a fantastic way to gain experience, make contacts and learn skills.

  • If you have a passion for health, contact your local clinic and see if they can fit you in.

  • Check this website: or offer your services on

💡Register on the SA youth platform - 

  • The platform is for both SA citizens and foreigners with refugee numbers or work permit.

  • You can register your CV and access  learnerships, bursary, work experience opportunities. 

  • The platform is run by Harambee, a NGO which helps youths to find jobs, write good CVs, prepare for interviews and pay transport cost to companies for interviews

💡Do some job shadowing. It will always be an asset in your career. Check this website:

💡Get your driver’s licence.

💡Do a computer course.

💡 Learn a new language (use a free app like Duolingo).



YES is a  business-led collaboration with government and labour to create one million work opportunities for youth. YES provides black unemployed youth with the opportunity to gain work experience by placing youth on 1 year contract in private companies .


How to register to be a YES Youth?

  • Log onto their website: where you can register as a YES Youth. 

  • In order to qualify you need to be unemployed, black, and between the ages of 18-34 years, regardless of the level of education you have obtained. 

  • If you register on their system, they will get in touch to get more information from you. While you wait to hear from them again, check out their work readiness content which will help prepare you for possible future employment. 


Awethu Project

Awethu Projects helps young people start and grow their businesses. They have worked with thousands of micro businesses in South Africa. 

Don’t know where to start? The Awethu Project Launch Pad will kickstart your experience.

  • Need help with finances, marketing, and running a business? The Awethu Project App provides tools and information.

  • Want to meet entrepreneurs like you? The Awethu Connect sessions facilitate networking and support with people you can learn from.


For the past 8 years, The Awethu Project Incubator has built, tested and improved their business incubator. There is no start date for the next business incubator, but in order for you not to miss out, please register and they will notify you when they have set a date.

In addition, The Awethu Project has built an app with many of the key components of the business incubator included. You can start your journey by downloading the Awethu Project App here. 011 024 1606

Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct

Tshimologong is located in Braamfontein and owned by Wits. This center helps Digital entrepreneurs and provide digital skills for students, professionals and unemployed youth.

Through research and ingenious collaboration we play, make, learn, incubate and innovate.

They provide open and collaborative spaces in order to ignite creativity and innovation.

+27 10 822 3530

Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship provides business skills, mentorship and access to networks, markets and resources to support the growth of our Entrepreneurs and their Businesses.


The centre specifically recruits entrepreneurs who can act as socially-minded changemakers in their communities. The centre takes a personalised and family-like approach, so that recruits can form meaningful relationships and links to help each other’s businesses grow. The centre’s entrepreneurs are enrolled onto a training programme where they have access to online learning. Some are also given mentoring and expert advice too. 011 403 0622

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