YES we can! The science behind youth job creation

29 April 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018960

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THE Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entered into a partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES) to prepare young people for employment by providing them with technical skills and work opportunities.

The CSIR and YES recently signed a Sponsored Host Placement Agreement that would see them working closely together in addressing the pressing issue of equipping South African youth with skills that will prepare them for the workplace.

The YES initiative, which is a business-led collaboration with government and labour to create job opportunities for the youth, was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in March 2018.

The two organisations believe that the collaboration will also accelerate South Africa's transition into a knowledge-based economy. The partnership, which will run for one year, will see the creation of 66 job opportunities by the CSIR for the youth.

Some of the young people will be based at the CSIR and some will be hosted through Youth@Work, a vetted YES implementation partner, and will be employed in various roles, including as mathematics and science teaching assistants; IT assistants in digital learning laboratories; computer coding facilitators; and digital learning facilitators at schools and municipal institutions, such as local libraries.

"What is particularly exciting about these jobs is that they dovetail perfectly with our goal of preparing South Africa for the fourth industrial revolution," said YES CEO Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville.

CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini said, “Young people are the future. Therefore, we need to ensure that they are given opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to society and commerce. This partnership with YES is in addition to our human capital development initiatives, which are also focused on young people”.

Erica Kempken from Youth@Work said, "It is a real privilege to be able to assist another group of young South Africans as they enter the workforce, especially in these uncertain times. We look forward to sharing the stories of change and impact over the next 12 months”.

YES says it has already helped generate over R1.4 billion in youth salaries across 35 000 jobs in its first year of operation. The not-for-profit organisation, which has no government funding, has been supported by over 1 010 businesses since inception.

Ismail-Saville said, "We appreciate the CSIR being the first major state-owned enterprise to take the leap and commit to YES, and we look forward to engaging other SOEs and helping to create the jobs of tomorrow".

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