Youth say YES to em­ploy­ment

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - YES youth must be:

A GOVERN­MENT ini­tia­tive aims to of­fer one mil­lion un­em­ployed youth paid work ex­pe­ri­ences.

Masego Te­mane is de­lighted to be gain­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence, in line with her Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment Diploma, as a par­tic­i­pant of the Youth Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice (YES).

YES, which was re­cently launched by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, aims to pre­pare

young peo­ple for em­ploy­ment and pro­vide them with the tech­ni­cal skills needed to un­der­pin the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of the econ­omy. Te­mane ex­plains that after grad­u­at­ing in 2016 she couldn’t ap­ply for jobs be­cause she did not have the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was very chal­leng­ing to look for a job without ex­pe­ri­ence. Luck­ily I came across the Lu­l­away Re­cruit­ment Agency which is work­ing with YES, and they of­fered me an in­tern­ship.”

YES is a joint ef­fort by govern­ment, labour and busi­ness to of­fer paid work ex­pe­ri­ences to one mil­lion South African youth over the next three years.

Re­search un­der­taken by stake­hold­ers in­di­cates that one year of work ex­pe­ri­ence on a CV, with a ref­er­ence let­ter, in­creases a young per­son’s chance of find­ing em­ploy­ment three­fold.

Te­mane added that she loves her job, be­cause she also gets to help other young peo­ple find a job as she is an in­tern re­cruiter.

At the launch of YES, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa was in­tro­duced to the first 100 youth who will be em­ployed through the pro­gramme by ABSA, In­vestec, Net­care, Sa­sol and Unilever.

“We see this ini­tia­tive as one pil­lar of a broad and com­pre­hen­sive na­tional ef­fort to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple. An­other cen­tral pil­lar is the de­vel­op­ment of the skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of young peo­ple,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

He called on small busi­nesses to play their part as they have a huge em­ploy­ment base and said that large busi­nesses can­not ab­sorb suf­fi­cient youth alone. Ac­cord­ing to YES CEO Tash­mia Is­mail-Sav­ille, out of 15.5 mil­lion peo­ple in South Africa aged be­tween 18 and 34, 5.8 mil­lion are un­em­ployed.

“YES aims to give that por­tion of our youth, which are largely over­looked by the coun­try’s cur­rent em­ploy­ment models, a cru­cial first chance to gain de­cent qual­ity, paid work ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Is­mail-Sav­ille.

As an ad­di­tional in­cen­tive for small busi­nesses, those which em­ploy black youth, be­tween the ages of 18 and 29 will be el­i­gi­ble for an Em­ploy­ment Tax In­cen­tive which is equiv­a­lent to R1 000 per month. • Be­tween 18- and


• Must be un­em­ployed for more than six months.

• African, Coloured or


• Should com­pa­nies wish to claim the Em­ploy­ment Tax In­cen­tive, the youth must be be­tween the ages of 18 and 29.

How much will the youth earn?

The salary is ex­pected to be set at the na­tional min­i­mum wage of R3 500 per month, which in­cludes as­so­ci­ated train­ing and sup­port. The aver­age cost per an­num is R55 000.

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