Youth are able to gather valuable work experience either
by being absorbed into sponsoring businesses or being sponsored into placements like NGOs and SMEs, says Dr. Tashmia Ismail-Saville.
“Businesses are able to enjoy the twin benefits of providing work experience to youth and in the process secure B-BBEE benefits for their business.”
The youth make up nearly 36% of the South African population and, according to Dr Ismail-Saville, one out of three youths is unable to find work or has become discouraged from looking.
“This is a significant part of our population who are idle and demotivated.
Can you imagine the economic power we could harness if we could find a way to create employment for these youths and ensure skills transfer to them?”
South Africa has a very centralised economy with two core economic hubs: Gauteng and the Western Cape.
“Youth come from emerging areas looking to find work in these hubs but are unable to cope with the skilled workforce they find in these hubs.
“If we can create 1 000 jobs in an emerging region, we can inject up to R45-million of new incomes into these economies.
Suddenly, youth who were previously unemployed now become a powerful economic force.”
Dr Ismail-Saville says the organisation can proudly say that it is creating more than 850 work experiences per week.
“One of the keys to its success has been the positive relationships between the various stakeholders.
YES is not a government institution and receives no financial aid from the government.”
Commenting on some of the groundbreaking ways in which YES aims to create jobs for South Africa’s youth, she shares the following: The Youth Employment Ser vice
“A good example of where YES offers a unique value proposition is that placed youth are equipped with mobile phones with zero-rated data and a YES app.
This app provides the youth with access to valuable content, including professional development, health and safety, and financial wellness.
“We also enjoy a partnership with LinkedIn where we assist youth to build up their work experience and professional references.
On top of this, we use the KNACK app to attempt to match workplace skills with placements.”
Dr Ismail-Saville relays the importance of investing inclusively The Youth Employment Ser vice.
“Research shows that South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world.
This manifests in a couple of different forms, including access to capital, skills and social capital/networks.”
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