We don’t just speak about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR); we live it.

South Africa Flying Labs and QP Drone Tech in partnership with The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) are shaping tomorrow’s careers and innovators. This month, we visited unemployed youth from YMCA Nelson Mandela Bay in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape province, and introduced different 4IR technologies and opportunities available in the field.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), new-age technologies, robotics, and the Internet of Things continue to drive the fourth industrial revolution and the careers of the future. It is no secret that there is an increase in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) -related careers, and the demand for those skills is needed.

Youth in South Africa continue to be disadvantaged in the labour market, with an unemployment rate higher than the national average.

Data released by Statistics South Africa in May 2023 shows that the total number of unemployed youth aged 15-34 years stands at 4.9 million, as a result of a 1.1% increase from the last quarter of 2022 to 46.5% for the first quarter of the year.

Capitalizing on STEAM education and skills can help reduce these numbers.

To address some of the challenges that unemployed youth face, we expose them to a world of possibilities. A total of 25 young people were afforded an opportunity to learn more about different technologies and take the first step towards their bright future.

There is a whole world of career prospects for the highly skilled out there. This is our contribution to enhancing STEAM awareness in disadvantaged communities and sculpting future innovators.

A huge thank you to YMCA Nelson Mandela Bay for opening your doors for us. Thank you for believing in us to impart knowledge.