YES aims to give young people a crucial first chance to gain employability skills and a paid work experience of a decent quality.
YES (Youth Employment Service) aims to create one million work opportunities for unemployed black youth in South Africa. The company was founded to transform the lives of these youth, while simultaneously helping to grow the businesses in which they are placed. Should these businesses participate, YES offers them the opportunity to gain up to 2 B-BBEE levels. YES placements speak directly to Afrika Tikkun Services’ vision of enabling the youth (18-34 years old) to become economically empowered. As one of their implementation partners, we support businesses interested in participating in the YES Programme with: Recruitment; Assessments; Onboarding, Induction, Work Readiness Training, Host Placements; Candidate Management and Reporting.
Our future workforce is not receiving the education, training or employment they need and the longer people are out of work, the harder it is for them to re-enter the workforce, later on.
9.3 million South Africans are unemployed.
Most of these are young people who are not receiving employment, education or training.
This group is arguably the most vulnerable to chronic unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, as they are neither improving their skills through education nor gaining the work experience needed to progress in the workforce.
With YES, you are not simply giving a young South African a job for a year, but rather, you are empowering them to achieve a lifelong, fulfilling career. Just one year of work experience, coupled with a CV and employment letter, increases their chance of future work threefold, and assists them in being able to springboard into a reimagined future.
Businesses will need to create new one-year positions for unemployed youth over and above current employment numbers. If your company doesn’t have the capacity to host young people, you can still be part of the programme. YES gives large companies the chance to sponsor the salary for a one-year starter position at an SMME, which qualifies you (the sponsor) for B-BBEE recognition, while building SMME capacity and competitiveness.
Government has introduced a new Youth Employment B-BBEE recognition, allowing a business that meets YES targets and complies with registration criteria to move up a level on their current B-BBEE scorecard. In addition, to encourage demand-side job creation, companies employing black youth between 18 and 29 years old will qualify for the Employment Tax Incentive.