In 2018 our newly minted State President, Cyril Ramaphosa sponsored a revolutionary initiative to improve much needed job creation amongst our youth in South Africa.
The programme is called “YES” which stands for Youth Employment Services. It`s main thrust is to provide a million youth with first time work experience in multiple business sectors and skills. With unemployment levels in South Africa in double digits, this initiative has been welcomed by government and business with open arms!
USE-IT in collaboration with Nedbank, Wildlands Conservation and Heart Eco took on 29 trainee candidates in 2019. They were able to utilize the Hammersdale Waste Beneficiation Site to host them in developing their woodworking, crafting, landscaping and administration skills for the duration of the programme.
This project is called “Ulusha Labadidyeli” which means Youth Inventors and Makers. Incubator rooms were subdivided to provide separate training topics. The trainees (all locally sourced from the Hammersdale Mpumulanga Township wards) underwent 12 months of intensive skills training and are set to exit the programme mid March 2020.
We will at that time have had a 48% successful placement of these delegates into full time employment. The “YES” programmed only requires 2,5% placement criteria.
Six will be retained on our site in a full-time capacity in Safety, Health, Environmental Management, Supervision and landscaping
Two trainees will open their own business enterprises in their township.
Six will take up full time jobs on site with a new tenant processing tailing for metals.
We are actively looking to place the final 15 candidates within the community; should you know of anyone or be in the position to place any of these enthusiastic and hardworking youth, please contact us.
For March 2020 we will be taking on 43 new trainees for comparable type training. Currently our biggest challenge remains in creating opportunities for job continuation between all YES training institutions and small and medium business enterprises in South Africa.
Accreditation and formal recognition of prior learning or skills development resulting from “YES” programmes still need refinement to provide a stronger “pull through” learning experience and improved job opportunities.