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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436
Print version ISSN 1015-8812


PAVER, Rachéle et al. A systematic literature review of the implementation and evaluation of the JOBS programme: A suggested framework for South Africa. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.1, pp.1-13. ISSN 2222-3436.

BACKGROUND: South Africa is challenged with high levels of unemployment, comprising many people with low levels of education and also individuals who have never held a job before. Despite having many vulnerable participants, interventions aimed at the unemployed generally exclude psychosocial training and are methodologically weak. AIM: The JOBS programme, a scientifically sound intervention, has been developed specifically to help people affected by unemployment to cope with the psychological effects. As a means of applying such a programme in South Africa, this study aimed to develop a framework based on the insights gained on the implementation and evaluation of the JOBS programme. METHODS: The study comprised a systematic review of literature regarding the JOBS intervention and its derivatives (n = 34). RESULTS: The results revealed that populations similar to the unemployed in South Africa had benefitted significantly regarding re-employment and mental health outcomes. CONCLUSION: Suggestions derived from the literature included aiming the programme at the most vulnerable unemployed in South Africa: the youth and long-term unemployed. Furthermore, expanding the programme by adding an entrepreneurial component may yield positive results, considering the lack of employment opportunities in South Africa.

Keywords : JOBS programme; employment interventions; systematic literature review; unemployment; South Africa.

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