Over the past two years of exhibition and event closures, many professionals previously working in the industry have had no choice but to find alternative employment and/or reinvent themselves, resulting in a substantial loss of highly skilled and experienced talent.
As the African exhibitions industry embarks on its recovery after a two-year hiatus, it faces the next hurdle: access to skills and talent.
The latest estimates published by the UN puts the population of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa at 211 million, a figure expected to increase by more than 89 per cent by 2050. However, whilst South Africans celebrated Youth Day in June, there are bleak youth unemployment rates of 63,9 per cent for those aged 15-24 and 42,1 per cent for those aged 25-34 years being presented.
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