Cause profile

Go for Gold is an award-winning youth education and employment initiative founded in 1999 through a collaboration between companies in the construction sector, Department of Education and civil society.

Our primary objective is to directly improve the number of young people, from disadvantaged communities, eligible to study towards a technical profession and then secure employment.

Go for Gold's four-phase education to employment model ensures that each participant is supported both academically and psycho-socially from High School, right through to when they graduate from a tertiary education institution and then secure employment.

As a result, the programme achieves a high rate of success (over 80%) in turning learners from disadvantaged communities into professional graduates, who are sought after for their technical qualification, strong work ethic and self-belief.

Go for Gold participants are selected from schools in disadvantaged areas, which are categorised as under-resourced – i.e. poor academic results, under-qualified teachers, poor discipline and inadequate management. At these schools the teaching of Pure Mathematics and Science is particularly problematic.  

Go for Gold currently runs two campuses in Cape Town and is opening a third campus in Gauteng (Ekurhuleni) in January 2015. We are also currently working with a partner organisation to establish a campus in Port Elizabeth scheduled for 2016.